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Waste treatment facility threatens eagles, other birds
Did you know that there’s an active bald eagle nest in the Catharine Marsh
between Watkins Glen and Montour Falls?
The bad news is that plans for a new waste treatment facility place it within
a couple hundred feet of Schuyler County’s only active bald eagle nest. There
were 10 initial sites, but the worse one for the environment, located in the
Finger Lakes’ only remaining headwater marsh, was chosen.
The fact that the marsh is an IBA (a globally designated Important Bird Area)
and state-designated CEA (Critical Environmental Area) did not protect it from
Not only do bald eagles nest in the marsh, but also other rarities such as
sandhill cranes, a newcomer to our state and least bittern, which is a
threatened species in New York state, are also found there.
The NY DEC is accepting comments on the waste water treatment facility
application (Project Seneca Regional Wastewater Facility) until July 7.
If you think the waste treatment plant should not be located as planned, write
to: Scott Sheeley, NYSDEC Regional Headquarters 8, 6274 E. Avon-Lime Road,
Avon, NY 14414.
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