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Keuka Lake’s scenic views need protection

At the last Jerusalem Town Board meeting in August, George Frantz from the Department of City & Regional Planning at Cornell University made a presentation on the latest effort to protect the Finger Lakes.

Many are familiar with the successes in protecting the Keuka Lake watershed by the Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative (KWIC) with the uniform regulation of wastewater management in all the eight towns and villages that border the lake. KWIC is now, quite literally, turning their eye to another resource in need of protection — the vistas of and around Keuka Lake. The Keuka Watershed Viewshed Protection Program is a project funded by the New York State Department of State through Title XI of the Environmental Protection Fund.

Introduced at the Jerusalem meeting by Stephen Butchko, Town Supervisor of Wayne and KWIC Chairman, Frantz gave a portion of the presentation he made in April for the Land Use Leadership Alliance (LULA) workshop for a Sustainable Keuka Lake at the Yates County Auditorium. There, he described the need to plan sustainable development: “Development which meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, which is defined by four dimensions: social equity, environmental sustainability, economic prosperity, and cultural vitality.”

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