Proposed National Marine Sanctuary Announced

SYRACUSE, NY – Officials from Oswego, Jefferson, Cayuga and Wayne counties and the city of Oswego joined federal representatives this morning (Sept. 4) as they announced their proposal for a National Marine Sanctuary in the southeastern waters of Lake Ontario.

The joint press conference took place at the NYS Fairgrounds, adjacent to the Lakes of NY exhibit in the park near the Home Center building.

Scheduled to speak were Congressman John Katko, Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner, Oswego County Administrator Phil Church, Wayne County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Steve LeRoy, Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen, CNY Regional Planning Board program manager Jean Gleisner, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Regional Director Reed Bohne.

This event marked the culmination of several months of discussion between Oswego, Jefferson, Cayuga and Wayne counties and the city of Oswego on a project that could bring significant economic, educational and recreational benefits to the region.

The proposal will be based on the vast cultural and historic resources that lie beneath the waters of Lake Ontario and the desire to promote, preserve and protect the region’s unique assets without interfering with other existing commercial and recreational activities.

Check back later for more details.