Geneva Councilor Ken Camera: City needs to pony up for watershed group

The health of Seneca Lake correlates directly with the health of the city and region.

That is the belief of Ken Camera. It’s why the Ward 4 councilor thinks the city should spend money toward improving a body of water whose quality has been scrutinized more intensely in recent years, with outbreaks of harmful algal blooms topping the list of concerns.

Camera wants the city to become a financial contributor to the Seneca Watershed Intermunicipal Organization, a coalition representing governments in five counties that surround the largest of the Finger Lakes. He first suggested funding that group during the 2018 city budget process; Camera wanted council to consider taking money from the water fund reserves.

Councilors ultimately decided not to allocate any money from what city officials have called large water fund reserves that are funded solely through water bills. Instead, they suggested having a watershed organization representative come to a meeting to explain their work.

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