September 23, 2017 – Legislator Leslie Kennedy andmembers of the Lake Ronkonkoma Advisory Board, the Lake RonkonkomaInter-municipal Organization, and the Lake Ronkonkoma Improvement Groupwelcomed representatives from the SUNY Oneonta Lake Management Graduate Programto Lake Ronkonkoma Saturday as they began testing for eligibility for theUniversity’s Lake Management Planning Services. Operated as a collaborativeeffort between the New York State Federation of Lake Associations and SUNYOneonta, the Lake Management Planning Services Program seeks to help local LakePreservation and Improvement organizations in the assessment, planning andmanagement of their local lakes. SUNY Oneonta’s Lake Management GraduateProgram students and a NYSFLA Lake Manager will research and devise acomprehensive Management Plan for Lake Ronkonkoma and match funds raised forthe improvement of the lake, providing in-depth advice and expertrecommendations as necessary. The Oneonta Grad Student will work with dataprovided by USGS, the Lake Ronkonkoma Advisory Board, and Bill Pfeiffer.
(Legislator LeslieKennedy with members of various Lake Ronkonkoma groups)
As the largest freshwater lake onLong Island, Lake Ronkonkoma has suffered in the past from pollution, invasivespecies and poor property management, and the Lake Management Planning Servicesprogram would go a long way in both measuring current progress and preservingany improvements that have been made. “We’ve come a long way,” LegislatorKennedy remarked, “but we have a long way to go, and with the help of SUNYOneonta and the NYSFLA we can get there faster than ever.”
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