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WE HAVE A PROBLEM!
The Floating Classroom, in collaboration with the Cayuga Hydrilla Task Force, has organized some 50 volunteer monitors who are ready to mount a volunteer-based lake monitoring program on Cayuga. This citizen-based monitoring would comprise a portion of the overall lake monitoring plan developed for 2012. The work would assess both the presence of hydrilla in the lake and the character of the plant community, which could soon be impacted by herbicide applications or hydrilla intrusions. This lake monitoring plan, which is scheduled to begin in early July, is at risk. Despite the efforts of Senators Nozzolio, Seward and O'Mara and local agency staff, funding to support key elements of the Task Force's 2012 Hydrila Work Plan is not available. State funding is not likely to arrive until the end of the year; local governments have made it clear that they cannot provide funding.
Regardless of who OUGHT to be providing support, the buck stops right here at the south end of Cayuga Lake. Our communities will be the ones footing the bill if hydrilla takes off and causes millions in economic and ecological damage around the south end of the lake.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!
DEC officials have indicated that state funding will not be available until December or later. Herbicide applications are scheduled for June 26 and lake monitoring needs to begin very soon after. If elected officials hear from enough of their constituents perhaps they will find a way to provide bridge loans or other funding to make sure that the needed work gets done in timely fashion. We all know that budgets are tight, but in this case, reimbursement from the state would be forthcoming within 6 months!
Elected officials need to hear from you!
IT'S YOUR LAKE! TAKE ACTION BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
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