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NYS DOS Finger Lakes Projects

Finger Lakes Region

Read more at:  http://www.nyswaterfronts.com/initiatives_fingerlakes.asp

The Finger Lakes region of central New York is characterized by a dozen lakes whose watersheds include a variety of valuable natural resources, including water, fish and wildlife habitat, wetlands, and forest. The lakes and their watersheds are used extensively for agriculture, recreation, and tourism, highlighting the link between resource protection and the regional economy.

To better guide efforts aimed at protecting and improving the water quality in the Finger Lakes, the Division of Coastal Resources has encouraged communities to develop a planning process that is focused on watersheds and not political boundaries.

Attention has centered on Cayuga Lake, Conesus Lake and Canandaigua Lake. Although various plans had been completed over the years for these lakes, these tended to be dated and lacked the direct involvement of the local governments. This regional initiative has completed and is now implementing three watershed plans. The plans and their implementation is being overseen by a partnership comprised of the local governments within each watershed, state agencies, and advocacy organizations involved in lake protection. Existing planning entities, such as a regional planning board or county planning department, are providing technical support.

Citation:  NYS Department of State 2004/ NYS DOS Division of Coastal Resources, Coastal Resources Online/ Website/  http://www.nyswaterfronts.com/initiatives_fingerlakes.asp/ March 12, 2010