Water Resources Board Names New Coordinator
LaManche to Oversee Watershed Management Activities in 25 Counties
PENN YAN, NY July 7, 2008 - After an extensive candidate search, the Water Resources Board of the Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance (FLLOWPA) has announced the selection of Kristy LaManche as their new program coordinator.
The Alliance protects and enhances water resources in 25 area counties encompassing 11 Finger Lakes; the Genesee, Oswego and Seneca River watersheds and Lake Ontario direct drainage areas.
LaManche arrives at FLLOWPA after working as a senior planner for the Central New York Regional and Development Board in Syracuse. In that role over the past six years, she was responsible for managing the board’s Community Development Program, which included the Finger Lakes Water Resources, Agriculture and Open Lands Conservation Initiative and the Village of Phoenix Community Development Assistance contract.
During a recent interview at the FLLOWPA offices in Penn Yan, NY, LaManche, who holds a Master’s of Science degree from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, earmarked several goals in her new role.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to work with representatives from 25 counties across the Finger Lakes region and Lake Ontario Basin to promote coordinated watershed management activities,” said LaManche. “It’s extremely important to facilitate the exchange of information related to the state of our freshwater resources.”
FLLOWPA President Scott Ingmire said his board is very enthusiastic about the appointment of LaManche and is looking forward to the “great things she can bring to our organization”
“Kristy comes to the board with an extensive and varied background in local and regional government, grant writing and administration, water resource management, aquatic ecology, and much more,” said Ingmire. “Though we had a very talented slate of applicants from which to choose, it was clear that Ms. LaManche had the background, personal skills, and drive that are needed to effectively manage and move forward this alliance of 25 Lake Ontario Watershed counties in New York State.”
Originally from Buffalo, NY, LaManche replaces Betsy Landre, who took a position in land conservation, after serving as program coordinator for over 15 years.
“I look forward to creating new partnerships with federal, state and local officials; while also increasing FL-LOWPA’s reputation as a regional leader in watershed management and water resource protection,” said LaManche.
The following is a list of grants that have recently been administered by FLLOWPA:
- Cayuga County has been awarded $15,000 to conduct the “Feasibility Study and Preliminary Cost Benefit Analysis for the Owasco Inlet Channel and Owasco Flats Restoration Project.”
- Madison County has been awarded $25,000 to conduct the “Limestone Creek Restoration Project.” Monroe County has also been awarded a second grant for $5,575 to conduct the “Black Creek Watershed Planning Outreach and Communication Project.”
- Niagara County’s Soil and Water Conservation District has been awarded $17,670 to conduct the “Eighteen mile Creek Area of Concern Education and Outreach Project.”
- Oneida County’s Soil and Water Conservation District has been awarded $21,992 to conduct the “Oneida Lake Watershed Education Initiative.”
- Wayne County’s Soil and Water Conservation District has been awarded $2,058 to conduct the “Feasibility Study for Floating Weed Control on Great Sodus Bay, Part II Project.”