Congressman James Walsh (R) of the 25th Congressional District will provide the luncheon keynote for the Finger Lakes Institute’s one-day symposium, “Land Use in the Finger Lakes: Making the Right Decisions to Sustain Economic Viability and Water Quality.” Walsh, a native of the Finger Lakes area, will provide insights on regional and national perspectives pertaining to some of the key issues and efforts related to the Finger Lakes, and ways those attending can use resources and tools to effect sound decisions.
The symposium, which takes place on Thursday, Oct. 30, at Belhurst Castle, is in response to the challenges faced by the numerous communities surrounding the Finger Lakes. The 11 Finger Lakes of Central and Western New York State are the economic drivers for this region’s quality of life, drinking water and recreational values, while also supporting a growing tourism and wine industry. Research conducted by the Finger Lakes Institute and others indicates that the water quality of the lakes is increasingly challenged by the impacts from surrounding land use and development. Therefore, the Institute’s economic environmental initiative seeks to provide resources to aid decision-makers in sustaining growth and continued economic viability, while also ensuring the long term protection of these natural resources.
Through this symposium, the Institute seeks to engage local elected officials, public agencies, environmental and civic organizations, planners and landowners in an introductory training workshop led by the Pace University Land Use Law Center, along with a featured presentation on the Owasco Lake Watershed Viewer by the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology (IAGT) in Auburn, and a panel discussion on local approaches to land use spanning such watersheds as Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Owasco and Skaneateles Lakes.
The symposium is partially funded by the New York State Legislature through the advocacy of State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-Fayette). Additional funding support provided by The Stardust Foundation of Central New York is supporting scholarships for elected officials in the 14-county region.
Further information or registration details for this event are available on the Institute’s Web site http://fli.hws.edu or by contacting the Institute at (315) 781-4390. The registration cost is $25 per person, inclusive of continental breakfast lunch breaks and symposium materials. Elected officials are encouraged to inquire if they are eligible for a scholarship.