Public Participation and Outreach Committee
Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization
Minutes – April 16, 2002
Lynn Leopold, Doug McEver, Jerry Codner, Sharon Anderson, Karin Harjes and
guest Lora Hine, Education and Outreach Coordinator of Jerry’s Physics
Lab at Cornell
reported that at its recent teleconference, the Network's outreach committee
for 3-4 programs related to schools. They decided it was important to discuss
what the Network’s role/relationship with schools should be and then
discuss the proposals. There will be a special meeting for this purpose which
will probably be later this Summer. The Network is also considering some sort
of event for educators to highlight the many wonderful resources that exist for
classroom (and out of classroom!) use.
mentioned that in the last IO meeting the IO ensured $1,350 for two promotional
and three educational pilot trips of the floating classroom planned for this
Fall. In general, the IO was very positive about the Floating Classroom idea
but a few members were a bit concerned with how the boat and participants would
be insured. Doug mentioned that he didn’t recommend us to seek insurance
through the Town of Dryden nor through the IO as it is not a 501(c)(3)
organization. Insurance would have to come through a third party.
is putting together a list of resources for the floating classroom. Dennis
Montgomery told Karin that Partick Sullivan at the Cornell Natural Resources
Department has worked on fisheries for more than 10years and was very
interested in the Floating Classroom. He will provide Dennis with some funding
sources we could use.
Hine suggested we look for funding at Cornell since that is where the money is.
She reported that she spoke with Karin Bradley, Education Coordinator at the
Lake George Association, about their Floating Classroom. She sent her a an
information package called “Our Lake Book” with information on
their outreach programs including the Floating Classroom. Their major sources
of funding for this project are the Froehlich Foundation and the Department of
State. At most she estimates that their cost of running the Floating Classroom
is $2,500/year. They don’t own the boat, it is a charter boat with a 25
person capacity. They charge roughly $175/2 hour trip and $400 for two trips.
EPPOC borrowed the “Our Lake Book” from Lora to read more about
their program and the curricula they offer.
tried to contact Mary-Aurthur Bebee from the Lake George Association to find
out when it would be a good time to plan a trip to Lake George to learn more
about their Floating Classroom project but has not gotten a date from her yet.
Funding for EPPOC:
the last IO meeting on March 7th, 2002, Karin presented to the IO the following
funding request for EPPOC project needs while we wait for responses from the
EPA and the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat and Fund grant proposals.
and transparencies for Town Board Presentations and Speakers Bureau
slides/presentation x $0.80/slide x 3 different presentations x 3 sets of each
transparencies/presentation x $0.75/transparency x 3 different presentations x
2 sets of each = $90
radio PSAs on tape
to Jeff Mix at Eagle Broadcasting (WVBR) PSA's are inconsistent and up to the
whim of the DJ as to when and how often they are played. A commercial ad costs
$9.50 per ad with a 12 ad minimum ($114). As a non-profit organization, they
would record the ads for free.
5 different ads
Workshops replicating Neighbors Around the Lake & Controlling Erosion
Workshops to be held April 2002. ($1,500/workshop x 2)
at Hoyts Cinema and other movie theaters
Classroom Fall Pilot Project*
costs for two 1hr. promotional trips
$225/hr. = $450
2hr. pilot education trips on floating classroom
$300/trip = $900
Costs were estimated by Dennis Montgomery based on average costs for vessels
in NY State which are the same size as his vessel and assuming an occupancy of
20-30 people (including an entrance fee of $15/person). Estimate covers all
operating costs including captain, crew, boat and fuel.
IO accepted the funding request and ensured $5,500 for EPPOC.
read Lynn’s PSAs for us to review. Lynn will send the text of her PSAs
by email for us to review and choose which ones to record. Doug will work on
the Recreational and Exotic Species PSAs. The IO website will be mentioned as
a source for further information and for the hazardous waste PSAs, local
Cooperative Extensions will serve as contacts for more information. People
with assigned topics will continue working on their PSAs.
asked if we had considered putting ads on Channel 7. It may be a cheaper
option, although coverage is limited (doesn’t cover the whole watershed).
He estimates it costs $112/month to place an ad. Lynn volunteered to find out
who the advertisement people are at Channel 7.
found out that the ads Solid Waste ran at Hoyts Cinemas costed roughly
$3,000/year or $50/ad. The local sales rep for Val Morgan (the ad company) is
Kim Duger, 315-476-4775. She has been extremely helpful to Solid Waste in
putting their ads together. The company has an 800 #: 1-800-VAL MORGAN.
IO will put up a display on Friday, May 10 from 9am-2pm in the Ithaca Commons
and in the Ithaca Farmer’s Market on Saturday, May 11. Sharon brought a
display copy of the RPP, copies of the IO Newsletter sent out in May of 2001
(which will be used as handouts) and the pieces for the IO Display. We labeled
each piece to facilitate set-up. The Network will be using its poster board
for its own display so we will need to find another board. Sharon estimates
they cost between $200-$500. Karin will try to borrow one from Cooperative
Extension or the Center for the Environment. Jerry, Sharon and Lynn will not
be able to help set-up and put down the display.
Presentations and Speakers Bureau:
will have printouts of Deb’s presentation and Sharon’s slides to
review and choose for reproduction as slides and transparencies to be used both
by Speakers Bureau Presenters and IO members at their Town Board presentations.
Thursday, May 16th, 2002 from 5:00pm-6:30pm, location TBA
by Karin Harjes
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