Marion Balyszak, interim director of the Finger Lakes Institute, wrote an editorial that appeared in the Democrat and Chronicle on Dec. 27, 2004 titled “Our environment: Draw all stakeholders into protecting Finger Lakes.”
The editorial discusses the impact of the Great Lakes Declaration that was recently signed in Chicago in the presence of nearly 400 officials from the eight states that border these lakes and their Canadian counterparts. Prompted by an executive order issued in May by President Bush, the declaration outlines a comprehensive plan to clean up the Great Lakes and the major waterways that feed them.
The Finger Lakes form the southern headwaters to Lake Ontario, placing them squarely in the latter category.
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Balyszak was named interim director of the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in February 2004. The Institute, which was initiated in 2002 with the receipt of a $1 million grant from the State of New York, is dedicated to the promotion of environmental research and education about the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York and the surrounding environments.
Balyszak has more than 20 years of non-profit administrative experience. She is the executive director of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, Inc. and is the current chair of the Seneca Lake Area Partners in Five Counties. Prior to her association with the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association she was a program assistant for the Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance.
The goals of the Finger Lakes Institute are to advance, coordinate and disseminate scientific understanding about the Finger Lakes environment; provide interdisciplinary training for the next generation of environmental researchers, educators and policy makers; serve as a clearinghouse for environmental issues by regional policy makers and the general public; and create and disseminate educational resources and opportunities at all levels.