Status of Rochester Embayment discussed at meeting

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In 1987, the United States and Canada decided to give the most polluted areas of the Great Lakes attention, by labeling them Areas of Concern, or AOCs.

Six AOCs still exist in New York State, and the Rochester Embayment is one of them.

The Embayment runs along the Monroe County shoreline between Bogus point in Parma and nine mile point in Webster.

But some, like chairman of Rochester Embayment Public Advisory committee Charlie Knauf, are now arguing that conditions have improved.

“We basically think the criteria for removing those impairments in those area have been met,” he said at a meeting Thursday night.

Knauf and the committee took comment on documents that have been prepared to remove the impairments.

He also discussed how much improvement he feels has been made over time.

“I grew up near the Genesee River and I wasn’t allowed to go near it. Now people are catching trout and salmon.”

For Jeff Wyatt, a professor and chair of comparative medicine at the University of Rochester, proof of the need to remove the AOC label is Lake Sturgeon that have been re-introduced to the Genesee River.

“The sturgeon are thriving,” Wyatt said. “We feel they are a biomonitor of a healthier river.”

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