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May 21, 2013

On our Opinion: Cheers

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The Daily Star

---- — To the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s planned event, “The Watershed Experience.”

The June 8 event will market tourism destinations in the Catskills to New York City residents at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City.

DEP has invited tourism destinations in and around the watershed to participate, including those that offer hiking, fishing, boating, farm tours, local food, lodging, concerts, antiquing, fall foliage tours, golfing and sporting events.

Brooklyn Bridge Park draws roughly 30,000 visitors on an average weekend, according a media release announcing the event. It will be held at the Pier 1 promenade on the East River, overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

The event is part of DEP’s ongoing effort to support the tourism economy in the Catskills through opening its lands and reservoirs for outdoor recreation.

Because of the many limits on land use around the reservoirs, much of what the area has to offer is found in the tourism industry. We look forward to “The Watershed Experience” and hope it will show others the beauty our area has to offer.

To the Oneonta High School Envirothon team for continuing its winning ways.

In April, the team from OHS won the 2013 Leatherstocking Envirothon at Gilbert Lake State Park for the fifth year in a row.

A dozen teams competed in the event hosted by the Otsego Soil and Water Conservation District with the assistance of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency and volunteers.

The teams compete in five environmental categories — soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and a current environmental issue.

The team from OHS will advance to the state Envirothon, to be held May 30 and 31 at the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville.

We congratulate the team, and wish members luck at SUNY Morrisville.

 

To the continuation of the New York Rollover Protection System Rebate Program.

The New York state 2013-14 budget included $100,000 to provide rebates to farmers who install the potentially life-saving system.

To qualify for the rebate, a certified roll bar needed to be purchased. The rebate amounts to 70 percent of the cost of purchasing and installing rollover protection on a tractor, a savings of up to $865.

About 1,100 tractors have been retrofitted in the last seven years, Sen. James Seward said during a media event announcing the funding.

“There have been 13 rollover incidents where lives were saved in that time due to the bars,” Seward said.

Agriculture is a very important industry in our area. It can also be a very dangerous one.

We’re happy to see the ROPS rebate program will be able to continue to help make the job a bit safer for more farmers.