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$500k for FL Institute at HWS in Geneva

Continuing his commitment to protect and preserve the Finger Lakes,State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio announced he has successfully secured a$500,000 state investment in the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart andWilliam Smith Colleges in Geneva. This latest investment was included inthe 2008-2009 State budget and brings the total amount of State aid thatSenator Nozzolio has helped secure for the Institute to over $2.4 million.“Preserving and protecting the quality of the Finger Lakes and promotingtheir appeal is the key to revitalizing our communities and creating newopportunities for the future,” said Senator Nozzolio. “Under theleadership of Hobart President Mark Gearan, the Finger Lakes Institute hasbecome a recognized leader in environmental research and preservation. I amextremely proud to partner with President Gearan on working to make theFinger Lakes Institute a world-class facility.”Mark D. Gearan, President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges said, “Weare grateful to Senator Nozzolio for his leadership and continued strongsupport for the Finger Lakes Institute. His commitment to theenvironmental protection of the Finger Lakes as well as economicdevelopment in our region is longstanding and his work to secure thislatest funding is evidence once again of his dedication to the Institute.”Senator Nozzolio cited the success of the Finger Lakes Institute in theirefforts to reduce pollution and improve the water quality of Owasco Lake inCayuga County. Since 2006, the Institute has collected and studied dataon the water quality of Owasco Lake. Senator Nozzolio has worked inconjunction with the Institute in calling for the State Department ofEnvironmental Conservation to put stronger restrictions on the amount ofphosphorous that is allowed to be discharged into Owasco Lake.Last year, data compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyconfirmed that phosphorous discharge into Owasco Lake had been reducedsince additional protection efforts began in August of 2006.The Institute also helps coordinate the efforts of local governments,lakeshore property owners, organizations, grassroots watershed protectiongroups, and other regional environmental research centers in protecting theecology of the Finger Lakes and overseeing development along the lakes.“The three-pronged mission of the Finger Lakes Institute – research,education and community outreach– will all be served through this generousgrant,” said Finger Lakes Institute Executive Director Marion Balyszak.“With Senator Nozzolio’s support, the Institute has clearly made adifference in our ability to recognize and focus on the most critical areasin our region.”In addition, the Finger Lakes Institute works with area tourism agencies toeffectively market the appeal of the Finger Lakes region. Researchconducted at the Institute advances and supports revitalization,restoration and protection projects across the Finger Lakes region.In 2002, Senator Nozzolio secured a $1 million State investment for thecreation of the Finger Lakes Institute, a research and education centerlocated on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Over theyears, he has secured additional funding to support the Institute’s missionof preserving, protecting and promoting the Finger Lakes.“The Finger Lakes Institute is providing valuable research that is helpingto maintain the quality and beauty of our lakes which helps our localtourism efforts and attracts more visitors to our region, thereby drivinggreater investment into our communities,” concluded Senator Nozzolio.

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