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Final public hearing on Seneca-Keuka Lake Nine Element Plan tonight in Penn Yan

The final public hearing will be held tonight on the proposed Nine Element Plan for the Seneca and Keuka Lake watersheds.


The hearing is at the Yates County office building at 6 p.m. The Seneca Watershed Intermunicipal Organization (SWIO), a coalition of local governments from communities within the watershed, is working with EcoLogic,  a Cazenovia consulting firm, on the plan to govern the future management of the watershed. Geneva Town Supervisor Mark Venuti is the chair of SWIO. He says tonight’s hearing is the final step before submitting the plan to the state for approval and seeking funds to implement it.

Related: What’s the status of the Seneca-Keuka Watershed Nine Element Plan?


The plan calls for reducing the flow of phosphorus into the lakes, as well as other nutrients that may be responsible for the increase in harmful algal blooms in recent years. It also covers stormwater runoff management and encourages lake-friendly living practices. It also includes guidelines for farmers, water management protocol, invasive species management, and local laws.


Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Mark Venuti below.



 

 

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