GENEVA, NY – Representatives from Oswego County were recently invited to present at the New York State Canal Conference in Geneva.
The theme for this year’s conference was “In Harmony with Nature, People and Products.”
Participants came from across the state to hear speakers address a number of topics at the three-day event.
Oswego County Legislator Jacob A. Mulcahey, District 15, Oswego, and chairman of the Oswego Paddlefest and “Rock the Locks” annual event, joined a panel presentation to discuss water trails and canal events.
Oswego Paddlefest is a 10-mile recreational event that takes place on the Oswego River Canal between Fulton and Oswego. The June event attracted more than 250 kayakers and canoeists.
“The New York State Canal System is a unique resource and it’s important that we work together to develop this water trail,” said Mulcahey. “Many communities along the Oswego Canal celebrate their canal heritage with events throughout the summer. They are great ways to highlight the canal and encourage users to get out and enjoy this beautiful area.”
The bi-annual New York State Canal Conference is hosted by the Canal Society of New York State and brings together national, state and local government officials, community leaders, developers, project coordinators, canal enthusiasts and providers of goods and services needed by those who use and enjoy the canal.
The panel discussion on water trails and canal events was moderated by Duncan Hay of the National Parks Service and also included Peter Abele, Erie Boat Company, Fairport, and Karl Beard, conservation planner with the National Parks Service.
Other Oswego County representatives who attended the Geneva conference include Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum; Richard Drosse, coordinator of the Friends of Great Bear Recreation Area; and Kara Alheim and Kelly Jordal, public information officers with the Oswego County Tourism Office.
The New York State Canal Conference was last held at the Lake Ontario Conference and Event Center in Oswego in 2012, marking the center’s grand opening.
For more information on recreational opportunities on the Oswego River Canal, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com/the-great-outdoors/canalling/ or call 315-349-8322. For information on the New York State Canal system, visit www.canals.ny.gov/index.shtml