Thursday, October 20, 2016

Meeting Oct. 26 Features Information on Water, Drought

From state Sen. Patty Ritchie's office:

Farmers and other interested individuals in Central and Northern New York who have been affected by the summer’s drought should attend a special presentation at 1 p.m. Oct. 26 featuring groundwater expert M. Todd Walter of Cornell University.

The meeting featuring Walter — a hydrogeologist who serves as director of the New York State Water Resources Institute, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University — will feature a discussion on the impact the drought has had on local aquifers, how long it may take wells to recover and insights on how farmers can rebound. 

In addition, those attending will also be able to ask Walter questions.The meeting will be in the first floor conference room at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown.

“The effects of last summer’s unprecedented drought are still being felt by farmers across our region,” said state Sen. Patricia Ritchie, who is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. 

“The goal of this meeting is for Dr. Walter to offer expert advice on how our hardworking farmers can recover from the drought and protect themselves from damage caused by dry weather conditions in the future.”

Walter’s visit is the result of suggestions from farm tours organized by Senator Ritchie in recent months to assess the drought’s impact on the agriculture industry.

Those interested in attending meeting should pre-register by calling (315) 782-3418. 

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