The Seneca-Keuka Watershed Nine Element Plan is currently being finalized with the hopes of having full state approval by the time grant applications are due.
A plan approved by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of State would enable municipalities and local organizations to seek funds to improve the watershed’s water quality.
The plan also includes guidelines for farmers, water management protocol, invasive species management, and local laws, according to The Chronicle Express.
Seneca Lake Watershed Steward Ian Smith said “it’s not a process with an end date” and that community input will be crucial part of the finalized plan. The approved and finalized plan will help municipalities write or update their own comprehensive plans and zoning laws.
A public hearing regarding the Nine Element Plan will be held on April 25 at 6 p.m. at the Yates County Office Building. To learn more about the Nine Element Plan for the Seneca-Keuka Watershed, head to the Seneca Watershed Intermunicipal Organization’s website.