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Is Your Home Healthy?

There are multiple sources of pollution to the Finger Lakes environment, including households. Whether you live along a lakeshore, in view of a lake, or draw drinking water from Finger Lakes groundwater, all households can become more lake-friendly. Every household in the Finger Lakes watersheds can improve water quality through simple and constructive efforts on their property.

The Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) at Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host a two-part workshop for homeowners and tenants to identify the correlations between lakeshore and watershed development and water quality and household environmental risk. The sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30 and Tuesday, July 7 at the FLI , 601 S. Main St.

Participants in this program will learn about household water quality, health, and environmental risks and discuss topics such as drinking water wells, wastewater and solid waste management, storm water runoff, energy efficiency and landscaping for water quality. Sarah Meyer, FLI Community Outreach Coordinator and Edith Davey, Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District Conservation Educator, will present the free program based on the contents of “Home-A-Syst,” a 76-page environmental risk-assessment guide for the home, published by Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service (NRAES).

“This program is for any homeowner, tenant or property manager in the Finger Lakes region -doesn’t matter how far they live from the lake, if they have municipal services, or have a septic system or well. It will present what everyone can do to protect their health and the environment at home,” says Meyer.

Each participant will tour the Finger Lakes Institute green facility and rain garden and be given a copy of the “Home-A-Syst” guidebook. Handouts and factsheets from regional service providers, such as Rochester’s Healthy Home, which help homeowners eliminate home hazards such as lead poisoning and poor air quality, and NYSERDA’s Finger Lakes Energy Smart Communities Program, and Cornell Cooperative Extension will also be available.

The “Lake-Friendly Households: Is Your Home Healthy and Environmentally Friendly?” program is sponsored by the Ontario Water Resource Council Special Projects Fund. The Ontario WRC, composed of representatives from local boards, and federal, state and local agencies, is charged with protecting and striving to improve the water resources of Ontario County.

For more information contact Meyer at smeyer@hws.edu; or (315) 781-4382.