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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is soliciting public comments on a Draft Sportfishing Restoration and Spending Plan for the Lake Ontario System. The Draft Plan proposes ways to restore/enhance recreational fishing and fisheries in the New York waters of the lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and their tributaries upstream to the first barrier impassable to fish (hereafter referred to as the Lake Ontario system).

Funds for this restoration are available from a settlement of the State’s Natural Resource Damages (NRD) claim for the Lake Ontario system. The Occidental Chemical Corporation agreed to pay the State $12 million in five equal payments over four years. The settlement was based on an assessment of the damages to the State’s natural resources, in particular a loss of recreational fishing benefits resulting from the imposition of fish consumption advisories because of the presence of contaminants in Lake Ontario fish. The proceeds of the settlement will be used to restore/enhance sportfishing and the injured natural resources.

Copies of the Draft Plan can be viewed or downloaded from; www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/fish/lkontactivities.html or from NYSDEC Regional Headquarters in Watertown, Syracuse, Avon and Buffalo. Public meetings are scheduled as follows:

Region City Time Date Facility Contact
6 Ogdensburg 7:00 PM 2-12-2007 St.Lawrence Valley Sportsmens Club Route 37
Red Mills, NY
Frank Flack
(315) 785-2262
6 Watertown 7:00 PM 2-13-2007 Watertown State Office Building
First Floor Conference Room
317 Washington St.
Watertown, NY
Frank Flack
(315) 785-2262
7 Mexico 7:00 PM 2-14-2007 Mexico H.S. Auditorium
Route 104
Mexico, NY
Daniel Bishop
(607) 753-3095
8 Rochester 7:00PM 2-7-2007 RIT campus, Carlson Aud., Imaging
Science Bldg. 1 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY
Web Pearsall
(585) 226-5339
9 Lewiston 7:00 PM 2-15-2007 Lewiston-Porter H.S.
4061 Creek Road
Youngstown, NY
Paul McKeown
(716) 372-0645

All interested parties are encouraged to use [website] for both reviewing the Draft Plan and for submitting comments. Conventional written comments should be mailed to:

Mr. Christopher J. Balk
Lake Ontario Natural Resource Damages Coordinator
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
P.O. Box 292
Cape Vincent, New York 13618

All comments must be received by 3-20-2007.