This was in today's Star Gazette and might be of interest to some here. If not 
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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 
being selected.

 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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