That is why the Cayuga Lake Defense Fund believes it is imperative to make a concerted effort to prevent Cayuga Lake's existing pollution problems from becoming worse. Since this Guide documents that Cornell's Lake Source Cooling Project would exacerbate existing pollution problems, it must not be allowed to proceed at this time.
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has determined that before its use impairments may be eliminated, southern Cayuga Lake and each of its major tributaries requires additional study and management plans for various point and non-point source pollution sources. Those studies must be undertaken and the resulting management plans must be formulated, publicly approved and implemented without further delay. Concurrently, the agency must enforce the relevant provisions of the Clean Water Act pertaining to the Lake Source Cooling Project. As a first step, the agency should immediately rescind the project's discharge permit.