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SLWAP reviews 2011, looks ahead to 2012

Mark Burger, SLWAP program director, gave a year in review assessment of the program at the Dec. 8 annual meeting.

Mark Burger, SLWAP program director, gave a year in review assessment of the program at the Dec. 8 annual meeting. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— Part of the program’s outreach for financial assistance and general support has been in meeting with various state and federal officials to discuss conservation and agriculture in the Skaneateles Lake watershed area. There have been meetings with numerous state assemblymen and senators, as well as with representatives from the offices of U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Nancy Lowery, a representative from Buerkle’s office, attended the Dec. 8 meeting, and said “it’s important to the congresswoman that we’re here” to get input, information, ideas and needs.

She reiterated Buerkle’s intention to hold create an Agriculture Task Force and also her interest in implementing an Agriculture Town Hall for the CNY region.

“She wants to get a sense of where we can be most supportive of you now and in the future,” Lowery said.

Burger, during his presentation, called Buerkle’s proposed task force “a great first step to keeping agriculture in the 25th district viable.”

For more information on the SLWAP, visit ocswcd.org and click on the SLWAP link.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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