On Thursday’s edition of the Inside the FLX podcast Josh Durso sat down with community organizer, and ‘We Are Seneca Lake’ board member Laura Salamendra.
The organization she helps oversee has staged a number of peaceful protests, which have resulted in over 600 civil disobedience arrests to-date.
Beyond the issues, Salamendra is a compelling figure who works to keep people engaged and interested in local issues. “They impact everyone who lives here,” she explained — pointing out that regardless of political affiliation the Finger Lakes are the common interest of those who call the region home.
While she advocates for those interested in getting involved to seek out the issues specifically that they’re passionate about — she has spent an extensive amount of time advocating for a variety of local environmental, social, and health-related issues.
However, she noted that living in the Finger Lakes has made preserving the region’s water is top-priority.
While she has expended a lot of energy fighting the gas storage facility on Seneca Lake, which is currently at a standstill — Salamendra has also advocated for the ending of landfilling in the region. She said that all of these environmental issues pose a risk for those who live here.
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