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Schumer will be in Orleans today to discuss push to boost Lake Ontario fishery

Staff Reports Posted 9 October 2017 at 11:12 am

KENDALL – U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is expected in Orleans County today to discuss legislation to boost the fishery in Lake Ontario.

Schumer will join tourism officials, marina owners, charter fishing boat captains, and sport fishermen at Bald Eagle Marina in Kendall.

Schumer will announce a major push to support the sportsfishing industry and protect local fish populations.

In the middle of Orleans County’s world-class salmon and brown trout autumn fishing season, and as fish begin their spawning migrations up the Oak Orchard River and other local waterways, Schumer will push legislation that would support infrastructure updates to improve fisheries and restore habitats across Lake Ontario and its tributaries like Oak Orchard River.

Specifically, the bill would provide grants to repair or replace aging dams, culverts, and roads that inhibit the movement of fish populations across Lake Ontario and its tributaries. Schumer will say this program is necessary to not only protect Orleans County’s sport fishing industry, tourism, jobs, and the economy, but to provide funding to undertake needed local infrastructure repair projects, Schumer’s office said.

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