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Ian Smith talks new role protecting Seneca Lake Watershed

Recently hired Seneca Lake Watershed Steward Ian Smith says that his first few weeks on the job have been rewarding, but a reminder about why he chose that path.

In April, Ian Smith was hired to serve as Seneca Lake Watershed Steward. Working out of the Finger Lakes Institute in Geneva, he said that his passion for water quality and the environment began at a young age.

“I grew up on a lake down in Western Maryland,” Smith told Finger Lakes News Radio. “That kind of got me interested in water quality issues because they were dealing with some of the same issues down there.”

He then studied water quality issues as he pursued his education, and performed a lot of field work. “It naturally brought me to this point in time, where I could bring my expertise here,” he added.

At the moment, Smith tells Finger Lakes News Radio that he’s working to get to all local municipalities within the watershed. His position is part of a broader effort by state and local officials to protect the local drinking water supply.