News and Events

Posted July 2013

Members of the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society’s Zurich Committee will present a history and overview of the Zurich Bog as part of the Newark Public Library’s Inside Out summer series on July 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the library. The library is located at 121 High St. in the village of Newark. Call 315 331-6409 for more information, or email zurichbog@gmail.com.

The Outside component of this series will take place on Saturday, July 13, at 8:30 a.m. with a guided tour of Zurich Bog. If you plan on attending, wear boots. Insect repellant and sunscreen are also recommended, if you are so inclined.

Posted February 2013
Newark-Arcadia Museum Winter Lecture Series on Zurich Bog

Peg Pelletier and Ken Townsend will present a history and overview of the Zurich Bog as part of the Winter Lecture Series on March 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. The Newark-Arcadia Museum is located at 120 High St. in the village of Newark. Call 315 331-6409 for reservations.

Posted December 2012
Zurich Bog Threatened by Proposed Arcadia Landfill

The Town of Arcadia has proposed selling 161 acres of property on Rt. 88 in Newark to developer Joseph Alloco, president of Arcadia Hills, LLC, for the purpose of opening a new 54 acre landfill. The property is site of the 17 acre Arcadia landfill which was closed in 1994. The property is less than one-third of a mile due west from the north end of Zurich Bog. The location of the landfill puts Zurich Bog’s pristine habitats and endangered, threatened and rare species under severe threat. The threats are numerous and include possible hydro contamination, airborne pollution and pathogens, introduction of invasive species, nuisance vectors such as gulls and rats, and noise and odors that would negatively impact the enjoyment of visitors. Clay mining of surrounding land to provide cover for the landfill on a daily basis will also become an issue.

The Town of Arcadia was named lead agency in the SEQRA (State Environmental Quality Review Act) process by the DEC August 31, 2012 despite protest letters from the neighboring Towns of Sodus and Lyons as well as BSPS, all interested parties in the review process. Arcadia’s SEQRA application lists two actions that need to be taken: first is the repeal of an Arcadia Town Law prohibiting landfills and the second the sale of town land to Arcadia Hills, LLC for the purpose of constructing a landfill. The town law was enacted in 2004 and can be repealed by a simple majority vote by the town council.

There are 3 landfills within 20 miles of the Town of Arcadia that are well equipped to handle the town’s solid waste needs. DEC Section 8, which includes both Wayne and Genesee Counties, now take in over 40 per cent of the solid waste in New York State. The developer of the new Arcadia Hills landfill has proposed taking solid waste from down state New York, other states,  and Canada. DEC Section 8 is by far the New York state leader in tonnage of solid waste being buried in landfills.

A local group, Concerned Citizens of Arcadia (CCOA), has been formed by local farmers, residents and environmentalists to defeat the proposed landfill. There will be a petition drive to garner enough valid signatures to force a town referendum vote on the proposal.  That vote will not occur until after the town and DEC have completed and approved the draft EIS. The town council claims that the landfill presents a revenue opportunity that can’t be ignored. The CCOA group recently presented the town with a proposal for a solar energy farm on the site as an alternative to a solid waste facility.

The draft scope for the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) will be released to the public on September 25, 2012. According to the SEQRA process, BSPS will have 30 days to respond to the draft scope with concerns that need to be addressed. This scoping phase is also an opportunity for the public to comment as well. For more information on the SEQRA process consult the NYS DEC website.

If you are interested in helping BSPS fight what we consider a direct threat to Zurich Bog there are several ways to get involved. Letters of support to state representatives, Region 8 DEC and Arcadia town officials would be welcome. If you have information that you think could aid the BSPS in their efforts, contact us.

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