Protect Seneca Lake on World Water Day

Monday March 22nd, is World Water Day - a day to think about what water means to people, its true value, and how we can better protect this vital resource.

The value of water is about much more than its price – water has enormous and complex value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics, recreation, and the integrity of our natural environment. If we overlook any of these values, we risk mismanaging this finite, irreplaceable resource. Without a comprehensive understanding of water’s true, multidimensional value, we will can’t safeguard this critical resource for the benefit of everyone.

2.2 billion people live without access to clean water. That is 28% of the world's population, or more than 1 in 4 people, and 2 million of them live in the United States of America.

Seneca Lake is the largest freshwater body solely within NY State’s borders, but she is in jeopardy.

The Greenidge gas-powered plant which sits along her shores in Dresden wants to withdraw 139 million gallons of lake water every day, and discharge 132 million gallons of water at temperatures of up to 108 degrees daily into a trout stream feeding directly into Seneca Lake. Greenidge expansion plans could harm Seneca’s aquatic life, increase incidences of Harmful Algal Blooms (a toxin to both pets and people), and severely damage our thriving argi-tourism industry.

Your voice will help shape our future and protect Seneca Lake for generations to come. In honor of World Water Day, please spend a few minutes speaking UP for lady Seneca!

1 Email the Town of Torrey Town Board BEFORE their 4/13/21 meeting at: Request that the Town Board approve a temporary moratorium on Bitcoin mining operations. In your email ask that this be shared with all members of the Town Board and the Planning Board, and entered into the minutes of the meeting.

2 Email The Town of Torrey Planning Board BEFORE their 4/26/21 meeting at: Request that the Town Planning Board issue a positive declaration, require an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and take a hard look to identify all areas of environmental concern including the impacts of noise, thermal pollution on aquatic life and HABs, increased use of fossil fuels for power generation, greenhouse gas emissions, and the community character of the Town, County, and region. Ask that your emails be shared with everyone on both boards, and entered into their meeting’s minutes.

3 On World Water Day, Faith leaders have joined the call to protect Seneca Lake and are urging others to call Governor Cuomo at 1-518-474-8390 on World Water Day, and ask him to do everything in his power to protect Seneca Lake by intervening in the Greenidge expansion proposal. Ask him to have the DEC require an adjudicatory hearing to review the impacts of the Greenidge expansion project. Ask him to deny Greenidge’s air permit renewal that is up this September.

4 Call or email Governor Cuomo's regional representative Connor McMahon 585-399-7066 Tell him that we need Governor Cuomo to direct the DEC to hold an adjudicatory hearing to review the impacts of the Greenidge expansion project and to deny Greenidge’s air permit renewal that is up this September.

5 Ask your town, village, city government to pass a resolution opposing the Greenidge Expansion. Have them send the resolution to the Town of Torrey and Governor Cuomo. Please let us know if you would like a sample resolution to share.

6 Donate: We rely on generous donations from you to keep working to protect the Finger Lakes. Please donate to help us keep going.