A Canton town councilman recently suggested that fish passage or ladder be installed at the Madrid dam to allow salmon, sturgeon and other species to travel up the Grasse River as far as Pyrites to their traditional spawning areas. It was suggested that reintroducing the fish and restoring the habitats would be an economic boon to Madrid and the other communities along the Grasse River, drawing tourism and creating new fishing opportunities. There could be federal money available to pay for the installation.

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St. Lawrence County holds free household hazardous waste collection and free tire disposal days each year to help prevent chemicals, containers and tires from being discarded improperly.

Have you ever participated in these programs?

54% -- Yes

46% -- No

Total responses: 201

Comments: 55

Here are your comments:

No, getting these materials to Canton is not feasible. They need to have collection sites in all major towns and villages.

5/24/2019 11:34 AM

It's nice to know that there is a place to get rid of them and they will be taken care of as they should be and not just dumped where they could be a danger Or spoiling the roadside.

5/24/2019 8:26 AM

A huge help. Should offer with more frequency.

5/24/2019 7:37 AM

One of the better sponsored programs.

5/24/2019 7:13 AM

Downstate in Westchester County I have disposed of hazardous waste.

5/23/2019 11:01 PM

Have participated every year !

5/23/2019 8:41 AM

They have not had the tire day at the Gouverneur site in a couple of years. They should have it every year at each site. I pay taxes and do not like the tires and other garbage dumped on our road side that splits our farm. People don't want to drive far even when it is free.

5/22/2019 1:47 PM

No, I always seem to miss the designated days due to other commitments and besides, there are so many restrictions on what they accept, but why bother?, just use a public trash can that’s available year round. I think the County seriously needs to offer more than a few restricted days to prevent avoidable dumping of such waste.

5/22/2019 12:41 PM

I missed but can't wait till the next one

5/22/2019 11:42 AM

Never knew about it. I don't think very many people have.

5/22/2019 9:22 AM

I intend to use the program very soon!

5/22/2019 9:13 AM

Where and when? I have a lot of paint to get rid of.

5/22/2019 9:00 AM

Both events are a huge benefit to the community and I hope they continue

5/22/2019 8:22 AM

It would be nice to hold one in Potsdam now and then.

5/22/2019 8:09 AM

Absolutely invaluable program to protect our environment especially when such items are retrieved from roadside ditches!

5/22/2019 6:25 AM

No. I would have to travel to a sight. Being in an enclosed vehicle with various chemicals not used because of sensitivity is difficult to transport without possibility of illness along the way. No other form of transportation available.

5/22/2019 4:14 AM

It is not 'free'.... quit the bullshit

5/21/2019 9:14 PM

Recycle my old tires as flower beds and rest of stuff don’t have any cant afford it but it's good for everyone else I guess .

5/21/2019 9:02 PM

Yes I have taken advantage of this valuable service several times. I am grateful that it is available.

5/21/2019 8:03 PM

These are very helpful programs to dispose of these items.

5/21/2019 7:56 PM

the hours are too short and on weekends when the dump is really busy. Should be able to drop these things off every day if they really cared.

5/21/2019 5:54 PM

A great service that helps save our planet.

5/21/2019 5:38 PM

great program, keep on having them

5/21/2019 4:19 PM

Need to have it more often, not just once a year

5/21/2019 3:49 PM

With newspaper/area television/radio arenas, we should be getting a lot of publicity about these opportunities when they are about to be implemented.

5/21/2019 3:48 PM

They are always too far from me to participate, usually an hour away.

5/21/2019 3:10 PM

I have only ever seen them scheduled on Saturdays & I work on Saturdays. I would love to see them happen on another day of the week as well; maybe hold a two day event each time, on Friday & Saturday.

5/21/2019 2:22 PM

Yes if you count divorced wives.

5/21/2019 1:32 PM

However, I would like to participate but I always seem to find out about it too late. Maybe, more advance notice would be nice.

5/21/2019 1:24 PM

If it was held locally, Ogdensburg, I would very much like to participate.

5/21/2019 10:56 AM

I have never seen it advertised.

5/21/2019 9:26 AM

But plan tp in the future!

5/21/2019 9:16 AM

They need to hold these waste collection events in the summertime so seasonal residents can participate too.

5/21/2019 8:46 AM

I never hear about these in advance, only afterward by word of mouth.

5/21/2019 8:11 AM

yes I have they should have more often I don't like keeping hazardous around my house for a long time

5/21/2019 8:09 AM

They do a good job.

5/20/2019 8:49 PM

Never participated in these, but I think they are a good use of tax dollars

5/20/2019 8:36 PM

The opportunities dispose of household hazardous waste are too few and too far away.

5/20/2019 8:01 PM

Well worth it, but since taxpayers pay for some of it, non-taxpayers should pay a $20 fee for the service.

5/20/2019 7:39 PM

be nice to know when you can get rid of tires. Used to be great for bullhead fishing

5/20/2019 6:28 PM

glad to be able to dispose of hazardous waste

5/20/2019 5:46 PM

Always seems to take place on a date/time that I am tied up or away. Go Trump 2020!

5/20/2019 4:38 PM

A great program that more people need to take advantage of. It pisses me off when you see piles of vile garbage in people's yards and they say that it is too much bother to wait in line to dispose of it properly. THEY are the trash problem!

5/20/2019 3:17 PM

The bozos we bought our house from left insecticides here, also rat poison in the attic.

5/20/2019 3:10 PM


5/20/2019 2:20 PM

Batteries. But I wish my neighbors would shovel out their scented candles as hazardous waste. And their drier sheets, too. They are toxic and make me gag.

5/20/2019 2:04 PM

Long line and wait. a real "waste of time"

5/20/2019 9:32 AM

Absolutely. I just wish that the tire disposal was not limited to 8 tires.

5/20/2019 9:22 AM

No. They have them so few times each year, and, nowhere near where I live.

5/20/2019 9:17 AM

No, where and how do I participate?

5/20/2019 8:23 AM

I think these services are great but should include more stuff . Need to clean up the mess in this county !

5/20/2019 8:10 AM

They are great!

5/20/2019 6:55 AM