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Long Island Animal Shelter Needs Help After Lightning Destroys Its Air Conditioning Unit

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Thanks to Mother Nature, a Long Island animal rescue has been turned into a swelter shelter.
'At-A-Glance Emergency In Effect As Dangerous Temperatures Arrive Con Edison Promises ‘Safe, Reliable’ Service Over Weekend New York City Cooling Centers Open Summer Heat Survival Guide HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Thanks to Mother Nature, a Long Island animal rescue has been turned into a swelter shelter. The air conditioning was knocked out Wednesday by a lightning strike, and now employees are looking for help to keep the animals safe, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported Sunday evening. Water bowls need refilling more often than usual for the 300 cats of Little Shelter on Warner Road. The unit that fed cool air to them was destroyed by lightning Wednesday, just in time for the heat wave that has gripped the Tri-State Area for the last several days. “We are taking blankets away from a lot of the shelves, so that they will lie on a cool surface,” shelter volunteer Diana Cutolo said. A Long Island animal shelter is looking for donations after lightning took out its air conditioning unit. (Photo: CBS2) The animals are getting half the usual space, kept darker and chilled only somewhat by donated fans and one portable a/c unit. Employees showed Carlin what the storm did to the non-profit shelter. “That tree across that’s across the way did not have that scorch mark on it before the lightning hit it and then it looks like it traveled well down to here,” shelter executive director David Ceely said. A 7-foot stone memorial fountain was blown to bits. “Pieces of it flew everywhere,” Ceely said. Rebuilding the fountain, however, is not the priority. Getting a new HVAC for cool air is. Insurance, however, won’t cover a replacement, Ceely said. Ceely priced out the cost of a replacement unit and the estimate is $20,000, Carlin reported. A call for donations went out Wednesday and by the weekend Little Shelter was more than half way to a goal of $30,000 that includes money to rewire and get the phone system back. Giving money is not the only way to help. Ceely is asking for the public to please adopt. “This is ‘Uno.’ He’s one of our special cats. What we’re really hoping for, adoptions are always so helpful,” Ceely said. “When you adopt you save two lives, the one that you adopt and the ones that we are going to be able to save because you made space for that.” Little Shelter also has 75 dogs housed in a separate area not damaged by the storm. “There are such great dogs, such great cats here. Hopefully, they’ll get homes soon,” Massapequa resident Lori Harfenes said. The best scenario: a stormy, hot week ends with animals finding families in a flash.'

$831 Million Plan Aims to Stop Asian Carp

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Representatives of Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces discussing partnership.
'School of Jumping Silver Carp (A species of Asian Carp). Photo by Jason Jenkins. ( CC BY 2.0 ) Representatives of Great Lakes governors and Canadian premiers met in Chicago this week to discuss a roughly $831 million plan to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said the state will begin drafting a partnership agreement for Great Lakes states and provinces to consider. Asian carp is an invasive species that out-competes native fish for food and threatens the region’s $7 billion fishing industry.  DNA from the fish  has been found within miles of Lake Michigan. The plan recommended in the  chief’s report  by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could be rolled out in phases and includes installing noisemakers, an air bubble curtain and an electric barrier. Illinois has voiced concern about the costs of the project because it would share 35 percent of the bill as the nonfederal sponsor. “Given the Corps’ price tag on some of the components they’re proposing, Illinois cannot fulfill that nonfederal sponsorship role alone. We need to do it with partners,” said Loren Wobig, director of the Office of Water Resources for the Illinois DNR. \t\t\t Wobig said officials from nearby states and provinces assured Illinois they’re willing to continue discussions on a partnership agreement. He said Illinois agreed to draft an agreement for their review, as well as examine potential modifications to a preliminary engineering and design agreement. “Then, the group would also have an opportunity to view and talk about that before Illinois proceeds with signing a preliminary engineering and design agreement with the Corps,” he said. Wobig said he hoped to complete a lot of that work in the next month. The Corps has said engineering and design could take  two to four years  to complete. Construction could take up to eight years. The group discussed defense measures proposed in the Corps plan and land conditions around the site that may impact the project, said Steve Galarneau , director of the Office of Great Waters with the Wisconsin DNR. “People want to move together on this,” said Galarneau. “Now is the work in the next ensuing weeks to frame what that will look like, get that out there and have these eight Great Lakes states and two provinces begin to put some more structure around that thought and move forward.” Great Lakes governors and premiers  recently supported  the Corps plan, urging Congress to authorize funding for preliminary engineering and design. Galarneau said it’s too preliminary for any specific funding commitments, but he said they want to move swiftly on efforts to reduce the risk that Asian carp will spread into the Great Lakes. “Wisconsin continues to be interested in two-way risk reduction so we don’t want invasives moving into the Great Lakes, but likewise, we don’t want our Great Lakes species moving into the Mississippi River basin,” said Galarneau. “In the big scheme of things as time evolves, we might identify practices that could be effective for addressing that risk across both.” Wobig added other factors that might influence the project need to be examined further, including Illinois public water laws and additional land rights required to move the plan forward. Illinois plans to investigate those lands to ensure they meet environmental standards for the project. Listen to the WPR report here. Partnership Agreement To Address Asian Carp In The Works For Great Lakes States, Provinces was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.'