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Municipal Education Series Focuses on Local Water Pollution Prevention

The Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) and Seneca Watershed Intermunicipal Organization (SWIO) are launching a new education and training series to address local water pollution prevention. Funded by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I), the Water Quality Pollution Prevention in the Seneca-Keuka Watershed workshop series will engage municipal leaders to better understand threats to water quality in the Finger Lakes and ways to implement pollution prevention practices throughout the watershed. The first session will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30.

“More frequent and higher intensity storm events, increasing residential development in nearshore environments, the adoption of high intensity farming practices, and the inherent limitations in traditional waste and storm water infrastructure design are all resulting in increased nutrient loading to Seneca and Keuka lakes,” says Seneca Watershed Steward Ian Smith.

“These excess levels of nutrients, in turn, pose significant ecological, societal and financial risks, the consequences of which area stakeholders are only loosely aware of. Training provided will focus on increasing awareness and understanding of nutrient pollution with the goal of water pollution prevention,” adds Education Program Manager Nadia Harvieux.

The series will include four workshops:

Session I: Introduction to Water Quality Pollution Prevention

Session II: Water Quality Protection in Agricultural Landscapes

Session III: Water Quality Protection in Urban & Residential Landscapes

Session IV: Emerging Issues in Water Quality

According to Director of FLI Lisa Cleckner, “This series is an opportunity to extend our education programs to municipal officials and citizens in the region. We look to further expand our continuing education and citizen science programming on Finger Lakes water quality issues in the future.”

Participants in the Seneca-Keuka Watershed workshop series will receive informational materials on water quality protection and pollution prevention and a certificate of completion for four hours of training. All workshops, including lunch, are free. Municipal officials are invited to attend one or more of the workshops. Registration is required and more information can be found at https://senecawatershedio.wordpress.com/events/.