Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton introduced legislation that for the first time would confer federal status, federal protection and federal funding on the geologically unique Finger Lakes. Her proposed Finger Lakes Initiative Act of 2002 would authorize $50 million in federal support over five years, including $5 million for a Finger Lakes Institute to operate an interdisciplinary research and education program for the region.
“Senator Clinton's important legislation will build upon the announcement Monday of the $1 million grant to Hobart and William Smith for the Finger Lakes Institute,” President Mark Gearan said. “I am grateful for her leadership and support.”
Clinton’s bill would establish a department within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to oversee the environmental integrity and aid in development of cultural and economic resources of the 11 glacially carved lakes and surrounding communities, Clinton said during a teleconference Thursday from her Washington, D.C., office.
Read the information from Clinton's Web site.
Read the story “Bill adds gleam to Finger Lakes” from the Oct. 4 Democrat and Chronicle.
Read the press release on the Finger Lakes Institute.