Owasco Lake council holds first meeting with new director at helm

The newly-hired executive director of the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council led the group's meeting for the first time Tuesday, and discussed several early ideas to protect the lake.

After two weeks acclimating to the position, Dr. Adam Effler, hired in January as the council's first full-time director, has "hit the ground running," Council Chair Ed Wagner said.

"He has been able to get more done in two weeks than I would be able to do in two months," Wagner said.

Effler shares an office at Cayuga Community College with the Owasco Watershed Lake Association, but said he hasn't spent much time there as he's been busy working to introduce himself to community partners and ensure good communication.

"To me, that's my job right now," Effler said.

Despite the short time spent in the actual office, Effler already had some ideas he proposed to the council, namely the creation of an advisory board made of local farmers, and expanding restoration work on municipal-owned lands in the watershed.

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