The Oswego County Health Department will hold its 22nd annual best-tasting drinking water contest Saturday, May 26 at the Fulton Memorial Day Salute.
Visitors will vote for their favorite samples of drinking water from municipal systems in Oswego County. All municipal water supplies are eligible to enter the contest, which is coordinated by the health department’s environmental division.
“The contest is a friendly competition to remind people of the importance of protecting our water resources in Oswego County and across New York State,” said Natalie Roy, associate public health sanitarian for the Oswego County Health Department. “The winner of the Oswego County competition will advance to the Syracuse regional contest in June, and regional winners will compete for the state title at the State Fair in August,” Roy added.
During Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature, a resolution was approved that prohibits smoking at Camp Zerbe, Camp Hollis, and Independence Trail.
The “Young Lungs at Play” initiative helps to eliminate children’s exposure to secondhand smoke and other tobacco products. Signs are posted in the parks and nearby playground areas to remind smokers not to smoke or use tobacco products on the premises.
There will be one designated smoking area at Camp Hollis and one at Camp Zerbe.
The Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County will provide signage at all three parks.
The Oswego County Legislature approved spending $18,436 for a mosquito surveillance program.
The program involves marking mosquitoes with a fluorescent power to track them and is significant, county officials said, because it will help determine more precise information regarding locations, distance and time adult mosquitoes migrate.
During Thursday’s meeting, Legislator Doug Malone questioned whether the money that is going to be used to tattoo the insects would be better spent on eradication efforts.
Several volunteers, conservation organizations and angler groups have worked together over the past few years to help slow the spread of water chestnuts in Oswego County rivers.
Headed by the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, the groups will hold a water chestnut pull at Port Ontario Saturday, July 14.
An invasive species, the water chestnut plant can be difficult to control once it is established in a body of water. The plants can create large floating mats of vegetation that restrict the penetration of sunlight, limit the growth of native plants, and disrupt the food web.
New York State Senator Patty Ritchie introduced a bill that would improve motorcycle safety by including awareness training in the DMV’s mandatory, pre-licensing courses.
The proposed legislation was prompted by several motorcycle-related accidents in the region, including four fatal motorcycle accidents already in Oswego this year, which more than any full year since 2008.
According to the most recent data from the New York State DMV, there were 152 fatalities from 5,150 motorcycle accidents in 2009.