On Thursday’s edition of the Inside the FLX podcast Josh Durso sat down with community organizer, and ‘We Are Seneca Lake’ board member Laura Salamendra.
The organization she helps oversee has staged a number of peaceful protests, which have resulted in over 600 civil disobedience arrests to-date.
Beyond the issues, Salamendra is a compelling figure who works to keep people engaged and interested in local issues. “They impact everyone who lives here,” she explained — pointing out that regardless of political affiliation the Finger Lakes are the common interest of those who call the region home.
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While she advocates for those interested in getting involved to seek out the issues specifically that they’re passionate about — she has spent an extensive amount of time advocating for a variety of local environmental, social, and health-related issues.
However, she noted that living in the Finger Lakes has made preserving the region’s water is top-priority.
While she has expended a lot of energy fighting the gas storage facility on Seneca Lake, which is currently at a standstill — Salamendra has also advocated for the ending of landfilling in the region. She said that all of these environmental issues pose a risk for those who live here.
Watch the entire podcast in the media player above, or listen in the audio player below.
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