Seneca Lake Watershed Steward Ian Smith: The watershed watcher

Efforts to protect the water quality of Seneca and Keuka Lakes are getting a boost now that Ian Smith has come on board to be the steward for the Seneca Lake watershed — roughly 457 square miles of forests, fields, vineyards, villages, industry, and recreational areas.

Smith will coordinate regional efforts to preserve Seneca Lake as a clean source of water. He reports to the executive committee of the Seneca Watershed Intermunicipal Organization (SWIO), the regional body covering the 40 municipalities in five counties that span the Seneca Lake watershed. Smith is based at Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Finger Lakes Institute (FLI), under the supervision of FLI Director Lisa Cleckner.

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