It’s hard to believe that the summer is almost over. As the season winds to a close, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on the significant progress we’ve made to improve the water quality of Owasco Lake. Owasco is one of our region’s most cherished and valuable natural resources. It provides water for Cayuga County residents, supports our unique wine region and is critical to Cayuga County’s tourism industry. That is why protecting Owasco Lake has always been a top priority for me.
Five years ago, the President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Mark Gearan and I worked hard to create a research and educational center where a concerted effort could be made to promote, protect and preserve the Finger Lakes and their expansive and sensitive watersheds.
We were inspired with a simple vision: to establish an institute that would provide our region’s policy makers, educators, residents, and students with the tools that would allow us to protect New York’s priceless natural resources known as the Finger Lakes.
State Senator Michael Nozzolio is continuing his efforts to urge the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to establish equal watershed protections for all the lakes in the Finger Lakes region. Senator Nozzolio strongly criticized the DEC’s recent draft Environmental Impact Statement on natural gas drilling, which recommends stricter environmental protection regulations in the regions surrounding Skaneateles Lake and the New York City watershed, while not providing the same protections for the watersheds of the other Finger Lakes.
Owasco Lake is one of our region’s most unique and magnificent natural resources. Owasco Lake not only provides drinking water for the City of Auburn and the dozens of villages and towns in our region, it also fuels our local economy and plays a critical role in our job producing tourism industry. That is why protecting Owasco Lake continues to be a top priority for me.
Continuing his strong commitment to protecting the environment and keeping hazardous electronic waste out of our communities, Senator Mike Nozzolio is proud to announce that he will be partnering with Time Warner Cable to host a Free electronic recycling event on Saturday, October 27th at Finger Lakes Racetrack. Members of the public are invited to drop off their old electronics and small appliances for recycling at no cost. Volunteers will be on hand to unload all vehicles and direct traffic.