A draft of a five-year plan to restore, conserve and sustain development along the Great Lakes—including the embayment area at the Port of Rochester—has been released by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
New York’s Great Lakes Basin: Action Agenda 2013 lists 10 priorities, and six areas of concern, including the Rochester embayment. The plan is available on the DEC website http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/91881.html. Public comments will be accepted until Sept. 1, officials announced Monday.
The priorities are:
• eliminating the discharge of toxic substances;
• controlling sediment, nutrient and pathogen releases;
• solving issues related to the six areas of concern;
• combating invasive species;
• conserving and restoring fish and wildlife;
• conserving Great Lakes water supplies;
• enhancing coastal resiliency and ecosystem integrity;
• promoting smart growth;
• enhancing recreation and tourism; and
• planning for energy development.
The Rochester embayment is at the mouth of the Genesee River at its entrance to Lake Ontario.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency highlights the area as a portion of Lake Ontario between the indentation of the Monroe County shoreline from Bogus Point in the town of Parma to Nine Mile Point in the town of Webster.
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