Ithaca Fire Department warns swimmers of gorge dangers

first_img“A lot of folks think, ‘Well there’s deep water so I can swim here and I’ll be fine,’ but it might not be as deep as they think,” he said. “Even though it might not look like the water is moving that fast, there are unpredictable currents that pull people in so they can’t get out of the water.” ITHACA (WBNG) — The Ithaca Fire Department is warning anyone thinking about swimming in unauthorized swimming areas to make other plans. “I understand why you want to do it, but probably the best choice is to find another site that has lifeguards and is designed for people to go swim,” he said. Weinstein said he understands the appeal, but swimming in the gorges is just too dangerous. The departments say they have noticed an uptick in incidents involving swimmers in the city’s gorges this year, and have already made eight rescues. “Folks working here will tell you we’ve been in the gorges more this month than probably all of last summer,” said Assistant Fire Chief Brian Weinstein. But whatever the case may be, Weinstein said the Ithaca Fire Department is asking people to stay clear of the dams. Weinstein added injuries in the gorges can put first responders in danger. According to, swimming at Ithaca’s first and second dams along Six Mile Creek is prohibited by the city. Weinstein says the dams are off limits for a reason. While public swimming areas at Ithaca’s Buttermilk Falls and Robert H. Treman State Parks are closed this weekend due to heavy rains, the parks are expected to re-open by Monday. “We have to hike into places that aren’t designed for occupancy, we have to use ropes, we have to use specialized equipment to get people out,” he said. “So before we can even get them medical care we have to get in there.” “I don’t blame you for wanting to go there,” he said. “I think they’re beautiful places, but you should pick a place that’s a little bit safer.” Weinstein said the uptick may be due to the coronavirus, as people are looki g for activities to dolast_img read more

‘Car Free for Climate’ encourages New Yorkers to hang up the car keys for one day

first_img“For most people, transportation is part of their personal carbon footprint, and a lot of that is coming from their personal vehicle and driving every day,” said NYSDEC Environmental Program Specialist Brendan Woodruff. “It’s possible to go car-free for a couple of days. Things like combining errands into one trip, walking to your local shop on a Friday night instead of driving somewhere else for takeout,” said Woodruff. “Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in New York State,” said Woodruff. “They make up about 36 percent of our total. That’s actually more than electricity generation, waste, agriculture, and refrigerants combined.” With 20 million New Yorkers, that impact adds up. To sign the pledge to not drive your car for one day, head over to this link. You can share your experience by using the hashtag #NYSCarFree. By making small lifestyle changes, the impact can be significant. With weather events continuing to grow more extreme, from wildfires in California, to hurricanes ravaging the Gulf Coast, the DEC says now is the time to take action. center_img “We know that climate change is here, it’s impacting our daily lives. We’re seeing the extreme weather events that are happening throughout the world. We’ve seen it right here in our own backyard with catastrophic flooding,” said Woodruff. (WBNG) — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation needs your help in bringing awareness to Climate Week, running Sept. 21 to 27. For one day, the DEC wants you to hang up your car keys to help raise awareness about greenhouse gas emissions. New York is looking to cut emissions by 40 percent by 2030. By 2050, officials want to see it reduced by 85 percent based on levels from 1990. To tackle the climate crisis, the DEC says tackling transportation has to be a priority. last_img read more