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  "Expert" Introduction
Posted by: AvidApe - 06-06-2016, 06:09 PM - Forum: Fishing - No Replies

Who would believe that the act of fishing is conservationism and environmentalism in action? 

Probably very few would. But the reality is that by fishing and sharing our passion for the outdoors, we are passing along a tradition and a legacy. We are creating passion for the natural world that becomes part of our identities. When we cannot separate who we are from the natural world, suddenly conservation takes on a whole new meaning. We begin to sustain ourselves through sustaining wild places and creatures. What is a fisherman without a fish to pursue? What is a fish without a stream to call its home and sustain its species? 

This is the fishing I know. This is the passion for the natural world and aquatic habitat that was drilled into my brain since infancy. I have been carrying around a fly rod since diapers.

Many people do not have this view of fishing. They never took it up because their early experiences left a bad taste in their mouth. I encourage people to seek out their own fishing experiences and connect with the natural world.

My name is Cosmo Genova and I am a fly fishing guide and educator who has been part of the fly fishing community in the Ithaca area for my entire life. My late father, Phil Genova, was a nationally recognized fly fishing educator who (among other things; with help from many others) started the Community Fly Fisher fly shop, the Fly Fishing Apprentice Program, taught the Cornell Fly Fishing and the CCE fly tying classes, began the Ithaca Fishing and Conservation day, worked for Cortland Line Company, was inducted into the Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame, etc. As such I have been intimately involved in this community as a fly fishing and aquatics educator. 

I was approached by GYGBT to moderate the hunting and fishing forums. My "expertise" is obviously centered around fly fishing, although I may be able to help with questions pertaining to other forms of fishing, aquatics, and other general questions.  

Without too much shameless self promotion, I offer my services as a guide to anyone interested in becoming a fly fisherman. My role as a guide is to not only put you on fish, but to educate and help you refine your skills as well. I work with my clients to dramatically accelerate their learning curve and to help them reach their goals as sportsmen/women. Please visit my website, read my blog, and consider my services:

If you want to take the first step to becoming a fisherman please buy a fishing license through the NYSDEC website or a local source (Walmart, Dicks Sporting goods, Town Clerk, etc).  Take the time to familiarize yourself with the general, county, and area specific regulations and species seasons,etc: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/fishing.html

Thank you for reading, and please feel free to participate on the forum! Other people may share your same questions!

-Cosmo Genova

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  Local installers offer lease options?
Posted by: karimbeers - 06-06-2016, 02:25 PM - Forum: Solar Energy - Replies (1)

Do any of the local solar installers offer lease options?

I remember there used to be several that did, but I'm not sure that is true today. 

Thanks in advance,

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  How many kwh does 1 w of solar PV generate in our area over a year?
Posted by: karimbeers - 06-03-2016, 05:58 PM - Forum: Solar Energy - Replies (1)


I'm wondering for the upstate NY area how many kWh of electricity 1 kW of solar PV generates over a year. I've heard that under optimal conditions (southern exposure, etc) it is 1.1 kWh/W/year, but I wanted to confirm this. 

This would appear to be the key number necessary to figure out approximately the size of a solar PV system you need based on your electrical usage. Take kwh used in a year and divide it by 1.1 to get the approximate size of the system you need (under optimal conditions).


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  Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan in Tompkins County
Posted by: Bryan Roy - 05-09-2016, 06:20 PM - Forum: Electric Vehicles - Replies (1)

The Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council, Energetics Incorporated, and Clean Communities of Central New York are developing an electric vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Plan for Tompkins County that includes:

  • Existing conditions of EV use and best practices in EV infrastructure;
  • Criteria Tool to evaluate the best locations for EV infrastructure;
  • Site Suitability Report evaluating potential EV charging station sites;
  • Preliminary engineering for five (5) new EV charging stations; and
  • Recommendations for future EV infrastructure in Tompkins County.
Public EV charging station infrastructure will be necessary to make EVs a practical choice for drivers. The results of this year-long project will create the groundwork for establishing a charging network in Tompkins County that facilitates expanded EV use by residents and attracts visitors that drive EVs.
We welcome any insight and feedback on EVs as we conduct this project. The progress and results of this project will be shared on public forums and through an email distribution where you can provide comments; Bryan Roy, Energetics

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  Heat Pump Sizes and Conversion to Btus
Posted by: Jay412 - 05-06-2016, 02:33 PM - Forum: Renewable and High Efficiency Heat - No Replies


I am trying to calculate how much Btus you can generate with a given Heat Pump size, which is usually measured in tons. What is the information that I need to do this conversion? How much Btus can you expect a 4 ton heat pump to generate? I understand that there are a lot of variables involved in this calculation, and I would really appreciate it if you could provide any rough estimates. Thanks.

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  Three-way herbicide treatments
Posted by: beckyhennessy - 05-05-2016, 06:00 PM - Forum: Vegetables - Replies (1)

Hi, don't know that this is the exact place for this question. We're a new housing development just outside of Ithaca -- on East Hill. We're looking at weed treatment options for our common lawn area, which consists of two standard street-length strips of grass between the sidewalk and the curb. It's currently riddled with dandelions and other weeds.

We want to pursue environmentally safe options. As such, does anyone know about "three-way" herbicide treatment? Should we be concerned that it might adversely affect groundwater? If so, any suggestions for an effective alternative?

By the way, the vendor we're considering proposes the following application schedule (see below).

I do apologize if I'm posting this in the wrong place. Thanks much!

Best, Becky Hennessy


Application 1: April 1 – May 15th: Stonewall 0.43% 13-0- 0 30% Ployplus fertilizer and pre-

emergent crabgrass control. Spot broadleaf control with Three Way herbicide.

Application 2: June 15 – July 30: Merit 0.2% 18-0- 0 40% Polyplus fertilizer subsurface insect

control and spot broadleaf control with Three Way herbicide.

Application 3: August 15 – September 30: Balanced slow release fertilizer 18-0- 3 40% Polyplus

2FE and spot broadleaf control with Three Way herbicide.

Application 4: October 10 – November 30: Fall fertilizer 30-0- 0 25% Polyplus.

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  Inviting all Electric Vehicle (EV) questions...
Posted by: Art Weaver - 05-01-2016, 08:24 PM - Forum: Electric Vehicles - Replies (4)

Hi everyone ~ I'm a scientist. I don't claim to be an "expert" in EVs, but I am quite knowledgeable about renewable energy and battery storage. I lease a 2013 Nissan LEAF (3 years, Jun 2013 to Jun 2017) which now has over 23,000 miles on it - with zero maintenance so far - and zero emissions - and very little "range anxiety". All of you who are still driving ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles are... how do I say this nicely?... part of the problem (no, that's not nice)... conservative (no, that's not nice either)... impoverished (well, maybe)... ignorant (not nice, but forgivable if you haven't graduated to indy media).

So, now that I've probably insulted you, ask me an EV question like:
Q: Why don't I see more EVs around?
A: Because, by and large, auto dealers don't want to (or know how to) sell them. If there's interest, I'll elaborate...

Q: What's Consumer Reports' highest rated car ever?
A: An EV - the Tesla Model S (two years in a row)

Q: Are EVs expensive?
A: Depends on your perspective. Compared to what? A typical SUV? A Mini? What's the value of near-zero maintenance and near-zero fuel cost? (rhetorical)


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  high potassium and phosphorus levels in soil
Posted by: margotbrinn - 03-22-2016, 10:31 PM - Forum: Vegetables - Replies (3)

Hi.  My soil has tested extremely high for both P & K.  Did I add too much manure?  And if that's my problem, how can I add a locally sourced source of nitrogen without raising the other two levels?

Thank you.

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  Ithaca Fishing & Conservation Day - March 26, 2016
Posted by: karimbeers - 03-22-2016, 12:26 PM - Forum: Fishing - No Replies

This is an announcement from Joshua Filter, president of the Leon Chandler Chapter of Trout Unlimited:

ITHACA FISHING AND CONSERVATION DAY IS THIS SATURDAY.?March 26, 2016 - Ithaca Fishing and Conservation Day, the Leon Chandler Chapter of Trout Unlimited invites the public to join us at Boynton Middle School in Ithaca, between 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. To learn about the sport of fly fishing, the art of fly tying and a bit about the environment in the Finger Lakes region. ?There will be fly fishingcasting lessons offered continuously from 10am-2pm. We will have lessons on fly tying throughout the day. Local fly tyers will demonstrate how to tie their signature patterns on "Tyer's Row" in two sessions, at 10 am ? 12pm and 1pm-3pm. There will be several educational displays regarding our unique environment here in the Finger Lakes including stream insects and more. Confirmed exhibitors include: Community Science Institute, Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom, Trout in the Classroom, Cayuga Lake Watershed Network and the Twin Tiers Five Rivers Chapter of the FFF. We also hope to be joined by the Cayuga Nature Center and the Izaak Walton League of America - Cortland Chapter..? We will also be joined by several vendors carrying both conventional and fly fishing tackle including: Badger Creek FlyFishing, D&D Bait and Tackle, JW Trout, Mad River Fly Fishing and Marco Vintage Tackle. We also hope to have representatives from Diamondback Rods on-hand to demonstrate their new lines of fly (and maybe conventional) rods.? This is the major fundraising event for the Leon Chandler Chapter. This program keeps the core of our youth related efforts funded including our Trout in the Classroom program that is located in schools throughout Ithaca and Tompkins County. ?

Joshua J. Filter
Chapter President
Leon Chandler Chapter of Trout Unlimited
100 Graham Rd. #14E
Ithaca, NY 14850

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  Looking for Experts!
Posted by: hollismalkowski - 03-22-2016, 02:37 AM - Forum: Fishing - No Replies

We are currently looking for moderators to field questions and mediate discussion regarding Fishing. If you have experience in this area and are interested in helping your community, please contact Hollis Malkowski at hjm52@cornell.edu.

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