Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Troubled Western Ontario Tributaries?

The Lake Ontario tributary fishery is known for its fall run of monster King Salmon, smashing Steelhead and lunker Brown Trout. Over the last ten years Ontario’s Western New York tributaries have received increased interest from their surrounding urban centers. Critics say anglers flock to these destinations in such large numbers that an enjoyable angling experience cannot be had by all, contributing to irreversible damage to this delicate ecosystem.

As a group of conservation minded anglers, how can we set up the regulations as to foster an enjoyable angler experience, support minimal angler impact on the migratory salmonids, and promote natural reproduction while staying mindful of the size and accessibility issues unique to Lake Ontario's 18mile and Oak Orchard Creeks? Maybe the regulations already in place are sufficient? Maybe it’s not a change in regulations that are needed, but proper enforcement of the current laws? Both of these potential solutions to our hypothetical problem have their limitations, both in effectiveness and monetary practicality. I'm interested in what you think about this critical issue.

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Consent Decree, Onondaga Lake

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), New York State Department of Law, and Honeywell International (Honeywell) have reached an agreement on a Consent Decree that requires the company to conduct a cleanup of contaminated sediments in Onondaga Lake in accordance with the Record of Decision (ROD) that was issued by the NYSDEC and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) on July 1, 2005. The proposed Consent Decree is a legal agreement which requires Honeywell to design and implement the cleanup plan. The proposed Consent Decree and other documents are available for public review and comment.

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