Orleans, Lowville, other communities to receive funds needed for water projects

Road salt contamination has caused extensive corrosion at Andy Greene’s home in Fishers Landing, as seen here in his basement where he sits behind a corroded pipe on a hot water heater ruined by salt, holding a kitchen faucet he replaces every few years. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Road salt contamination has caused extensive corrosion at Andy Greene’s home in Fishers Landing, as seen here in his basement where he sits behind a corroded pipe on a hot water heater ruined by salt, holding a kitchen faucet he replaces every few years. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Several north country municipalities, including the town of Orleans, are getting millions of dollars in state funding for various water infrastructure projects. [Read more…]

Developer sues Clayton over moratorium on wind energy projects

The developer of a proposed wind project has filed a legal challenge to the Town Council’s six-month moratorium on the installation of towers used to measure meteorological conditions. [Read more…]

Clayton approves wind moratorium, timing set to encourage urgent action

The town supervisor said its new six-month wind moratorium was timed to encourage quick action from the Town Council. [Read more…]

Orleans Planning Board reviews wind developer’s proposal for test tower

Iberdrola Renewables plans to put up only one wind measurement tower in the town of Orleans, according an application reviewed Tuesday night by the Planning Board. [Read more…]

Wind developer renews land leases in Clayton, Orleans, Brownville and Lyme

CLAYTON — The developer of the Horse Creek wind project recently renewed and updated several land leases across the towns of Clayton, Orleans, Brownville and Lyme, according to Jefferson County property records. [Read more…]

Clayton business donates bottled water to Orleans residents

A group of volunteers fills water jugs at Frontenac Crystal Springs, Clayton. The water is being donated to the company in order to provide clean water to residents in the town of Orleans who have been affected by groundwater contamination. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

A group of volunteers fills water jugs at Frontenac Crystal Springs, Clayton. The water is being donated to the company in order to provide clean water to residents in the town of Orleans who have been affected by groundwater contamination. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

CLAYTON — The owner of Frontenac Crystal Springs has decided to donate up to 1,000 five-gallon jugs of spring water, filling a void for town of Orleans residents affected by long-standing groundwater contamination. [Read more…]

Governor could bridge funding gap for Orleans water project

A state Department of Transportation truck makes a stop at the salt barn on Route 12 in Collins Landing. Photo from Watertown Daily Times.

A state Department of Transportation truck makes a stop at the salt barn on Route 12 in Collins Landing. Photo from Watertown Daily Times.

COLLINS LANDING — The office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo may soon award grant funding needed by the town of Orleans to break ground on a $12.3-million water project, according to a businessman who learned about the matter from an aide to an elected state official. [Read more…]

January 2016 Cover Story: Economic Outlook

Slow and steady
growth wins the race

OUTLOOK 2016 / MILITARY: A soldier salutes during the presentation of the colors last year in an activation ceremony for the 10th Mountain Division Divarty. As the post avoided major cuts in 2015, Fort Drum officials remain positive that 2016 will be a healthy year for one of region’s top economic sectors. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

OUTLOOK 2016 / MILITARY: A soldier salutes during the presentation of the colors last year in an activation ceremony for the 10th Mountain Division Divarty. As the post avoided major cuts in 2015, Fort Drum officials remain positive that 2016 will be a healthy year for one of region’s top economic sectors. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Despite a few challenges, experts say the region is on pace for a positive year in 2016. Six sectors of the north country’s economy are ripe with opportunities for growth.

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

A grim fate cast a pall over the north country in early 2015, as federal budget sequestration threatened to cut up to 16,000 personnel from Fort Drum in an effort by the army to trim its active duty force from 490,000 to 450,000 by fiscal year 2017. [Read more…]

January 2016: Agribusiness

Orleans needs a new clean water supply

Matteson_JayWPeople’s lives and businesses in Orleans near Collins Landing are suffering because of a water pollution problem. An underground salt contamination plume is affecting many local residents. They are using water contaminated with salt, and possibly arsenic and other metals, to bathe in and clean with. No one should consume it or use it to cook. Our largest farm winery, Thousand Islands Winery on Seaway Avenue, is in the middle of the contamination plume. It does not use the groundwater for wine-making. Instead, it uses 5-gallon jugs of clean water paid for by the New York State Department of Transportation, to make wine. This is a very labor intensive problem. [Read more…]