April 09, 2013

Protect Hemlock-Canadice Lakes!


Thanks to R-Cause.net  for a fantastic summary report of actions taken and yet to be taken to save Hemlock and Canadice Lakes.  Be sure to follow R-Cause.net for constant updated information and actions in our Finger Lakes region and around the state.  The following is all provided from R-Cause website/email:
Protect Hemlock-Canadice Lakes, 
Drinking Water for Rochester and Beyond
from fracking related activities, inappropriate recreational activities,
commercial logging, etc.


1.  COMMENTS MUST BE IN THE DEC'S HANDS BY APRIL 15!!

Comment period for the DEC's flawed Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for 
Hemlock-Canadice Lakes State Forest ends April 15:
"Members of the public may provide DEC with comments or concerns regarding the management of Hemlock-Canadice State Forest. 
Comments may be general or specific, and will be accepted through April 15, 2013."
Submit your comments 
via email:  Region 8 UMP email box <mailto:r8ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us
via snail mail: NYSDEC, Region 8 Director: Paul D'Amato, 7291 Coon Rd. Bath, NY 14810

Letter Writing Help from Frack Free Genesee here:
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Letter Templates by Frack Free Genesee Here:
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2.  COMMENTS ALREADY SUBMITTED:

Comments from the first comment period in 2010 can be read here on pages 104-136.

3.  ABOUT THE HEMLOCK-CANADICE LAKES AND DEC MANAGEMENT PLAN:
Hemlock and Canadice Lakes are the only remaining Finger Lakes that have been protected from development and have provided good drinking water to the City of Rochester and beyond since 1876. In 2010, the City of Rochester sold the surrounding land to the State that turned it into the Hemlock-Canadice State Forest. (For more about the history read pages 3-6 of the UMP and see articles at the bottom of this page)

The state's recently released 10 year draft Unit Management Plan does NOT clearly protect these lakes from fracking related activities (water withdrawal, pipelines, etc), timber harvesting or inappropriate recreational activities. 

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 will be compromised.

We are trying to procure a copy of the sale agreement and in the process made a copy of the first pages of the deed found in the Ontario County Clerk's office: /uploads/8/0/2/5/8025484/2010_rochester_to_state_hemlock_deed.pdf   A Similar document can be found at the Livingston County Clerk's office. 

It behooves us all to read and comment on this Plan:  HEMLOCK-CANADICE DRAFT UNIT MANAGEMENT PLAN. Let's make our voices heard loud and clear that we will not allow our water to be compromised.

4.  PROBLEMS WITH THE DEC UMP:
A. The land (6,684 acres) is designated as a regular state forest and as such is open to: 

- Fracking (there are 9 pages devoted to fracking - see pages 15-17; pages 46-47;  pages 97-101). The most frequent comment during the 3/14 DEC meeting in Springwater was the necessity to remove all language that favors oil and gas drilling & related activity.

- Commercial logging which will lead to sedimentation requiring additional expensive sand filtration systems that the City of Rochester can ill afford. see pages 60-71, and 158-163.

- Recreation for ATV and other recreation requiring roads that will add to sedimentation and degradation of the environment. As one person said, the Plan seems to have a "fetish with access" (pp. 16, 28, 40, 46, 48, 56 and 96) implying more and wider roads, inappropriate for this watershed

B. The land needs to be designated as a Unique Area and a State Nature and Historic Preserve to provide greater protection to the water. Undeveloped forestland is the most effective and the least expensive method to preserve water quality.
 
C. The plan lacks topographic data and consequently does not respect existing steep slopes. Forestry and road construction on these slopes will create siltation in the lakes causing filtration problem.

D. There are too many loopholes in the Plan.

5.  MAPS:
City of Rochester's 
Proposed Fracking Restrictions Around Hemlock and Canadice Lakes
Revised map:
/uploads/8/0/2/5/8025484/2013_city_revised_map.pdf
Earlier Map:

6.  MUNICIPALITIES THAT USE HEMLOCK-CANADICE WATER:
Monroe County:  Brighton, Henrietta, Mendon, Penfield, Perinton, Pittsford, Rochester, Rush
Livingston County:  Livonia and Lima
Ontario County:  Richmond, Victor, West Bloomfield


7. NEWS:

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