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State Moves To Protect Land Around Hemlock & Canadice Lakes

The state says it has completed a plan to help protect Rochester's water supply. The NY State Department of Environmental Conservation has acquired 165 acres of land around Hemlock and Canadice Lakes, which provide public water to the City of Rochester.

Officials say the need to protect the lakes was a main reason why the state acquired what is now called the Hemlock-Canadice State Forest.

The management plan for that land provides direction regarding public recreation, timber and grasslands, as well as public access and protection of endangered species.

The plan also clarifies that no drilling for oil and gas will take place in the forest.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.