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ENVIRONMENT

Countywide community manure management forum set for June 25

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The public is welcome to attend a forum aimed at minimizing potential negative impact of manure handling on water quality within Cayuga County watersheds.

The forum is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, June 25 at the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, 1879 West Genesee St. Road, Auburn.

The event is a follow-up to a similar meeting held in the fall of 2014, at which local legislators Keith Batman and Michael Didio hosted a forum with local farmers, environmentalists and property owners in attendance.

From that meeting was derived an advisory committee, or working group, that met in the intervening months to develop the recommendations that will be reviewed on June 25.

A Manure Recommendation Report written by Nick Colas, of the Cayuga County Department of Planning and Economic Development, was released in May and will be the focus at the June forum.

Individuals wishing to speak at the June 25 forum are urged to pre-register by emailing their name and address to any of the following: kbatman@cayugacounty.us, mdidio@cayugacounty.us, ncolas@cayugacounty.us or phone (315) 253-1276.

The June forum is organized by the Cayuga County Manure Management Working Group comprised of Didio, Batman, Eileen O'Connor of the Cayuga County Health Department, Doug Kierst of the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District, Judy Wright of Cornell Cooperative Extension and Niles Town Supervisor Charlie Greene with input from Colas and Christina Cornell, Regional Coordinator for U.S. Congressman John Katko.

 

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