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April 9, 2010

Earth Week 2010 - 'Working Together, Working for Our Environment'

Oswego County is blessed with an abundance of lakes, streams, and ponds that provide pure water and are home to an impressive variety of fish and wildlife. We enjoy beautiful parks and wilderness areas that provide year-round recreation to residents and visitors alike.

In order to sustain and protect our resources, we need to be active stewards of our environment. Earth Week is April 17 through 25. The theme is "Working Together, Working for Our Environment." Again this year I am encouraging families, individuals and community groups to get involved in an Earth Week project.

The Oswego County Environmental Management Council (EMC) is coordinating clean-up activities and there are many scheduled around Oswego County. I want to commend Dick Drosse, Earth Week Coordinator for the EMC, for the great commitment of time and effort that he personally gives to Earth Week in Oswego County. You can sign up a for project and get more information by visiting the EMC Web site at www.oswegocounty.com/earthweek.html. Here are a few examples of how local groups are involved:

The County Buildings and Grounds Department is donating trash bags to collect waste. During Earth Week, roadside litter collections can be turned over to your local city, town or village. The County Department of Solid Waste will waive the tipping fee for roadside trash from permitted municipalities.

Novelis will contribute work gloves again this year to people doing Earth Week clean-up activities. The company asks that you donate any recyclable aluminum cans to the Cans for Habitat program for Habitat for Humanity. Local redemption centers will collect cans for the Habitat donation.

Groups along the Oswego River Canal are encouraged to coordinate their cleanup project with the New York State Canal Corporation and Parks and Trails of New York. These agencies will conduct the fifth annual "Canal Clean Sweep" April 16 through 18. For information visit www.ptny.org.

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is hosting Community Clean-Up Days at the Oswego County Nature Park at Camp Zerbe on Friday, April 23, and at Camp Hollis on Sunday, April 25. SUNY Oswego will host a sustainability fair on April 21.

There are many other ways that we can be involved -- Families can pick a section of their roadway or a favorite park to clear of litter and debris. Many people walk the roads in our rural areas, carry a trash bag, and pick up litter along the way. A group of river guides picks up debris every year along the Salmon River.

Oswego County government recently launched a new Web site, www.renewoswegocounty.org, which contains information on how the county is conserving resources through energy audits, ferrous metal recycling, and other projects. You'll find suggestions for making your home more energy-efficient and for reducing your carbon footprint. The site also contains links to the Environmental Management Council and other environmental organizations. The county is also involved in several energy conservation grant projects through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Blue Springs Energy, LLC.

I am very proud of these efforts and of all the residents of our county who are committed to be good stewards of our environment. By working together, we can make a real difference in conserving our precious resources and preserving our beautiful landscape.

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