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June 10, 2005

Committee Looks for Public Input on Lake Ontario Coastline Environment

SANDY POND -- A public workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. June 14 at Eddie's Cove to identify local priorities related to the Lake Ontario shoreline environment in Oswego County.

The workshop is hosted by the Oswego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, in partnership with the Finger Lakes - Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance and the Lake Ontario Coastal Initiative. The agencies are preparing a strategic action plan for the Lake Ontario coastline to help improve the coastal environment, including water quality, wildlife habitat, economic development, agriculture and recreation.

"Local priorities will be identified and ranked at this workshop to be included in the strategic action plan for the Lake Ontario coastline," said Brian Frazier, director of the Oswego County Department of Planning and Community Development.

Priorities identified in this plan may qualify for federal funding for local environmental and community projects. Funds in the amount of $300,000 will be available in this fall on a competitive basis through the Lake Ontario Coastal Initiative for projects that meet identified priorities. Requests for additional federal funding will be based on the needs outlined in the plan.

All those with an interest in Lake Ontario and the Oswego County lakeshore are invited to participate in the workshop and learn more about the Lake Ontario Coastal Initiative. Additional public workshops are being held in June in other shoreline counties.

Eddie's Cove is located at 28 Lakeshore Road on North Sandy Pond. For a complete schedule of workshops, please check www.ceinfo.org and click on the LOCI web page. For more information, contact the County Department of Planning and Community Development at 349-8292 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 8292, or the Center for Environmental Information at (585) 262-2870.

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