March 13, 2013

Hemlock - Canadice Lakes DEC Hearing

Important announcement from our friends at  
DEC Comment Period on Hemlock-Canadice State Forest Management Plan
till April 15

Hemlock and Canadice Lakes, the only remaining undeveloped Finger Lakes, are a major source of drinking water for areas of Monroe County and beyond (see links below). A few years ago, the City of Rochester sold the surrounding land to the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that turned it into the Hemlock-Canadice State Forest.

The DEC's recently released 10 year 
draft Unit Management Plan for the Hemlock-Canadice State Forest does NOT provide adequate protection from either vertical or horizontal fracking, logging, pipelines, or other fracking related operations. 

Additionally, the headwaters of Hemlock Lake originate in Steuben County, one of the five counties slated to be fracked. If fracking waste should spill into those creeks or streams, our water may be compromised.

Open comment period runs until tax day, 4/15/13. Click here for more information.

Our lakes' protection is now in the hands of the state DEC.   Let's make our voices heard loud and clear that we will not allow our water to be compromised.

A hard copy of the DEC Draft Plan should be available at Rochester's Downtown Public Library by Thursday, 3/14. Here's the link to the Plan – it's a large document and make take a while to download:

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