Week ahead: Forums on Lake Ontario health, school board candidates

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The Lake Ontario ecosystem will be the subject of a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Port of Rochester terminal building, 1000 North River Street. The forum is being put on by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, and New York Sea Grant.

A DEC press release says the forum will not address the International Joint Commission’s proposed plan to regulate Lake Ontario water levels. It will, however, include presentations on the lake’s water quality, beaches, and food webs, the press release says. Presenters will also discuss efforts to restore native fish species and research on toxic contaminants in the lake’s fish, it says.

Presenters will include DEC and U.S. Geological Survey representatives, university researchers, and representatives from county and local watershed organizations, says the release.

An agenda for the meeting and some additional information are available here.

A few lake issues are of particular concern in the Rochester area. Nutrient pollution, which is often washed into the lake by storm water runoff, is one. Frequent beach closings are another.

On the positive side, researchers have seen encouraging signs that efforts to reintroduce native lake sturgeon are working. To bring attention to that effort, the Seneca Park Zoo is holding a lake sturgeon weigh-in at 3 p.m. Thursday, says the DEC’s press release. -- By Jeremy Moule

The Democratic primary race for a seat on the Rochester school board is pretty crowded. Three incumbents are trying to hold on to their positions, and a number of challengers hope to oust them. If you want to know more about the candidates, Rochester for Obama will hold two “Meet the Candidates for City School Board” public forums this week. The first meeting will be on Tuesday, August 13, at the First Genesis Baptist Church, 292 Hudson Avenue. The second will be on Thursday, August 15, at Memorial AME Zion Church, 549 Clarissa Street. Both events will run from 7 to 9 p.m., hosted by RFO coordinator Ken Preston. -- By Tim Louis Macaluso

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