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Greg Clary

Greg ClaryJournal News staff writer Greg Clary writes Earth Watch, reporting on environmental issues in the lower Hudson region. Greg has been a reporter, editor and columnist at the Journal News since 1988 and has covered all manner of topics affecting the Lower Hudson Valley. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he lives in Tarrytown with his wife, daughter, dog and four cats.

E-mail Greg Clary at gclary@lohud.com

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New head of Westchester Land Trust announced


Westchester Land Trust has tapped Candace Schafer to be its executive director, starting Sept 20. Schafer comes to the non-profit environmental group, based in Bedford Hills, with experience in land-use policy and a passion and appreciation for the complexities and challenges involved in land preservation in Westchester County, WLT’s board chairman George Bianco said in […]

Posted by Greg Clary on September 8th, 2010 | Post a Comment »



Because continuing high temperatures and lack of rain contribute to increased risk for fire, Westchester County Parks Acting Commissioner Kathy O’Connor announced a ban on open fires at all county parks. O’Connor said that during the ban, charcoal and propane fires will only be permitted for cooking in permanently fixed grills in the parks. No […]

Posted by Greg Clary on September 8th, 2010 | Post a Comment »

Local residents ured to conserve water to avoid disruptions in service


Despite recent rainfall, water supplies in the lower Hudson Valley are being taxed due to the heat, overall lack of rain and increased water use. Residents and businesses are asked to conserve water. If usage is too high, it could result in reduced water pressure, disruptions in service and possible mandatory restrictions, similar to those […]

Posted by Greg Clary on July 16th, 2010 | Post a Comment »

Part of North County Trailway closing for repairs


North County Trailway users are asked to be aware that the iron bridge over Croton Reservoir in Yorktown will be closed for repairs on Monday, July 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The North County Trailway is a Westchester County Park. Go to the county website or call (914) 864-PARK.

Posted by Greg Clary on July 15th, 2010 | Post a Comment »

County parks fire ban lifted


As the result of the rainfall over the past several days, County Parks Commissioner Joseph Stout Thursday lifted the ban on open fires in the county parks. Stout noted that while the rain has eliminated the immediate dryness, the Parks Department will continue to monitor conditions in the parks. For more information, call Westchester County […]

Posted by Greg Clary on July 15th, 2010 | Post a Comment »

GE getting help on PCB monitoring from Beacon Institute


The Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries has deployed its second real-time monitoring station in the Hudson River near the General Electric PCB area just north of Thompson Island Dam, to provide minute-to-minute data on the condition of the river. GE provided some of the equipment and help in setting up the device, which measures […]

Posted by Greg Clary on June 24th, 2010 | Post a Comment »

Vermont nuclear plant design flaw helped cause radioactive water leak


Officials for the company that owns Indian Point say a design flaw that kept engineers from inspecting underground pipes helped cause a leak of radioactive water into the ground at Vermont Yankee, the state’s only nuclear plant. The issue of what condition underground piping is in and how well it will hold up should a […]

Posted by Greg Clary on June 22nd, 2010 | Post a Comment »

Deer hunting expanding this fall in select Westchester Parks


Building on the success of a 2009 pilot program, the Westchester County Parks Department will open sections of Muscoot Farm and Lasdon Park and Arboretum, both in Somers, and, new this year, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River and Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem for bow hunting deer in the autumn of 2010. […]

Posted by Greg Clary on June 1st, 2010 | Post a Comment »

NASA, Google data show North Korea logging in protected area


Something from Google mapping that might be the wave of the future: WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Using NASA satellite data and Google Earth, a Purdue University researcher has reported finding evidence that North Korea has been logging in what is designated as a protected United Nations forest preserve. Guofan Shao, professor of geo-eco-informatics, studies the […]

Posted by Greg Clary on May 17th, 2010 | 3 Comments »

John Jay High School places third in Hudson Valley Regional Envirothon; seven Westchester schools participated


Student teams from seven Westchester public high schools competed and demonstrated their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management at the 19th annual Hudson Valley Regional Envirothon on April 30. John Jay High School in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District placed third in the competitive field and now will go on to represent the county […]

Posted by Greg Clary on May 15th, 2010 | Post a Comment »

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SBenischekJournal News staff writer Greg Clary writes Earth Watch, reporting on environmental issues in the lower Hudson region. Clary has been a reporter, editor and columnist at the Journal News since 1988 and has covered police and courts, transportation, municipal government, development and the environment in the Lower Hudson Valley, among other topics.
Laura IncalcaterraLaura Incalcaterra covers the environment, open space and zoning and planning issues for The Journal News. A Boston College graduate, Laura grew up in Rockland, attended East Ramapo schools and has worked for The Journal News since 1993. Laura has written features and covered North Rockland, crime, government and a host of other issues.
SBenischekMike Risinit covers Patterson and Kent in Putnam County, as well as environmental topics touching on the Hudson River and the Great Swamp. Risinit has been a reporter at The Journal News since 1998.
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