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Jan. 7, 2004

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Holds Public Hearing On Oswego Canal

OSWEGO -- Oswego County residents are invited to attend a public hearing on the Oswego River Canal, which is part of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Oswego County Office Building, Legislature Chambers, 46 E. Bridge Street, Oswego.

The public is invited to provide input and ideas for the preservation and management plan being developed for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Oswego County Legislator Kimberly Seager, District 10 (Schroeppel, Phoenix, Volney) is the county's representative to the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission.

"The consultants and commission members toured the Oswego River Canal in October and saw firsthand the beauty and potential of the canal and waterfront," Legislator Seager said. "I encourage individuals and groups to attend and share their vision for the Oswego River Canal. The consultants are seeking input as they create the management plan and are eager to have citizens address the issues that will be included in the management plan. The plan will cover preserving historic and cultural resources, conserving natural resources, providing interpretation and recreation, and marketing the Erie Canalway."

Because the Erie Canalway and the Oswego River Canal are now a part of the National Park Service, the canal corridor will see an influx of federal funds to benefit canal projects.

"It's important for Oswego Country residents to share their ideas for funding priorities with the consultants," said Legislator Seager.

The meeting location is handicapped accessible. Sign language interpreters are available by calling (518) 237-8643, ext. 3110 three business days before the meeting. Other meetings will be held in Rome, Buffalo and Rochester.

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