Public Invited to Lake Ontario Visioning Workshops

OSWEGO, NY – Citizens living along Lake Ontario and its tributaries are being invited to provide input at a series of six Lake Ontario Basin Communities Visioning for a Healthy Lake workshops September 24-29.

New York Sea Grant, the Finger Lakes – Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance (FLLOWPA), and the Niagara County Soil and Water Conservation District are holding the workshops in Lyndonville, Piffard, Webster, Henderson, Sodus, and Oswego to provide information on issues related to Lake Ontario and its priority tributaries, including the Genesee and Oswego rivers, and to gather input from the public on lake basin conditions and priorities for a healthy lake system.

“This important series of workshops calls on citizens of the Lake Ontario watershed to provide input on the current status of the watershed and to identify priorities, barriers and potential strategies for removing those barriers for a healthy coastal ecosystem,” said co-organizer New York Sea Grant Coastal Community Development Specialist Mary Penney.

“Participants will help identify the assistance they need for their communities to more fully engage in the protection and responsible use of Lake Ontario,” says co-organizer FLLOWPA Program Coordinator Kristy LaManche.

The Lake Ontario Basin Communities Visioning for a Healthy Lake Workshops schedule is:
·     September 24, 2012: Lyndonville, Fire Department, 148 N. Main Street, 5-7pm

·     September 25, 2012: Piffard, Town of York Office, 2668 Main St, 6-8pm

·     September 26, 2012: Webster, Liberty Lodge, 850 Maple Drive, 5-7pm

·     September 27, 2012: Henderson, Fire Department, 8939 NY Rt 178, 5-7pm

·     September 29, 2012: Sodus, Wallington Fire Department, 7863 Ridge Rd, 10am-12pm

·     September 29, 2012: Oswego, SUNY Oswego Campus Center Room 201, 2-4 p.m.

Workshop discussion will include review of the current Bi-National Lake Ontario Lakewide Management Plan and Lake Ontario Area of Concern Remedial Action Plans.

Workshop participants are expected to include local elected officials and planning boards, county agencies and water quality coordinating committees; watershed, lake and outdoor recreation associations; public agency representatives, and private citizens and business owners.

Proceedings of the September workshops’ series on the current condition of the Lake Ontario Watershed Basin, stakeholders’ concerns, and the resources and funding sources needed for implementation of priority projects and planning initiatives will be shared with local, State and federal decision-makers, and posted online at www.nyseagrant.org and www.fllowpa.org

The free workshops are funded in part by Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant for the Lake Ontario Education and Outreach Project. For more information, contact New York Sea Grant at 315-312-3042 or FLLOWPA at 315-592-9663.