Austin age 11 weighed in a 2 lb. at Bay Bridge Sport Shop in 2017 Great catch Austin!

Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District is pleased to announce the Wayne County Youth Derby. This event runs July 1- July 28th and covers the waters in Wayne County (see rules). The Youth Derby is in its 20th year . The Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs is working with the District. The Derby Awards Banquet is August 4th at the Firehall in Sodus Point where prizes and trophies will be awarded.

To enter the Youth Division, a child must be between the ages of 4-16, at the time of registration. There will be two age categories – Youth ages 4-7 & ages 8-16. Entry fee is $5.00. Youth Division prizes will consist of merchandise and trophies. Prize structure will be based on the number of registered entrants. Each youth is eligible to win one prize only after weighing in a legitimate fish. This rule allows more youths to win a prize.

Thank you to McDonalds of Wayne County for their continued support along with Arneys Marina, Bay Bridge Sport Shop, B-E Fishing Tackle, Captain Jack’s Clingerman Taxidermy, Davenport Marina, Dynalec Corporation, Ely & Leene, Fishin Magician Charters, Fowler Marina, Hughes Marina, Joey’s Northside Grocery, Katlynn Marine, Keys Energy, Krenzer Marine, LOC Derby, Lyons National Bank, Paton’s Market Place, PJ’s Unisex Salon, Port Bay RV Park and Campground, Sodus Bay Sportsman Club, Steger Haus, Termatec Molding, Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Wayne County Tourism and  Zip N Zim Charters.

Participants will enter only fish personally caught in the Wayne County, NY waters of Lake Ontario (1/2 mile west of Ginna Plant and east to Blind Sodus Bay) and its embayments; the waters of the Erie Canal and streams located in Wayne County, NY in accordance with all NYS Department of Conservation Fishing Rules and Regulations. Participant must have a valid NYS fishing license unless exempt by law.

There will be three major areas of competition – Species Challenge, Pan Fish Challenge, and the Merchants Challenge. For more information and registration visit

Press Release: June 6, 2019

NY Seagrant

Lake Ontario Inundation Mapping Tools Now Available from New York Sea Grant: Tutorial Webinar Planned for June 20

Newark, N.Y.; June 6, 2019. New York Sea Grant, with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has developed new interactive inundation mapping tools to help property owners along Lake Ontario and its embayments enhance flooding preparedness.

The tools are posted at with a tutorial to assist users. A free, 45-minute training webinar is scheduled for June 20th at 1 p.m.; register at

The online mapping tools provide users with a parcel-level view of areas that could experience flooding along Lake Ontario and its embayments based on predetermined water levels and digital elevation data. Wayne and Monroe County stakeholders beta-tested the new tools. The future scenarios used in the mapping tools are not water levels currently projected, but potential lake levels offered for planning purposes only.

“These new mapping tools will allow users to visualize inundation information for individual parcels of interest using the predetermined water levels. That information can be used by individual property owners as well as communities to enhance flood preparedness and planning going forward,” said project leader and New York Sea Grant Coastal Community Development Specialist Mary Austerman, Newark, N.Y.

Use of the mapping tools has been designed to assist planning, e.g., location and triage of accessory structures and belongings during high water, to inform community-level preparedness planning, and to help identify areas that warrant in-depth analyses, enhanced flood response, or policy development to enhance flood resilience.

Austerman and Jessica Kuonen, a Coastal Community Development Assistant with New York Sea Grant, are the developers of the Lake Ontario Inundation Map Package and Lake Ontario Inundation WebMap tools. These new mapping tools were developed as part of a larger project creating a Coastal Resiliency Index, due out later this year. A similar mapping tool for Lake Erie is being explored. For more information, contact Mary Austerman, New York Sea Grant, 315-331-8415 x121,

For additional information on New York Sea Grant’s Great Lakes Coastal Communities extension efforts, visit To learn more about New York Sea Grant Extension as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, visit

. Mary Austerman, New York Sea Grant, 315-331-8415 x121,
. Publicist Kara Lynn Dunn, 315-465-7578,

From our Cornell Master Gardener friends:

Master Gardeners Great Gardens of Wayne County Tour Tickets on sale now!

Do you love gardens of all shapes and sizes? Whether you have a green thumb or not, there’s a golden opportunity coming soon for you to see what your gardening neighbors are doing. On our self-guided tour, you can discover a diverse selection of wonderful gardens at your own pace.

Whether you enjoy woody plants, flower gardens, water features, or home food production, there’s something for everyone.

This year, our Master Gardeners have selected five gardens for you to tour in the Town of Ontario.

When: June 19th from 4 to 8 pm. Rain or Shine.

To purchase tour tickets send $10.00 per person to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County 1581 Rte. 88 N. Newark, NY 14513-9739 by June 14th or stop in our office – 830am -430pm Monday-Friday.

Please call (315) 331-8415 for more information. For special needs please contact us two weeks prior to the tour.

Grab your pencil, some paper, and your hiking shoes to join local nature writer Chris Kenyon on a Trail Works adventure writing in nature! Suitable for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

Date: June 1, 2019

Location: Williamson Town Park, 3773 Eddy Rd, Williamson, New York 14589

Time: 10:00 A.M.
For more information visit

Meet up with the Neighborhood Association of Sodus Point and Save Our Sodus for a beach clean-up on Saturday May 18th.

Sodus Point Beach Pavillion
May 18th




Congratulations to the North Rose Wolcott High School team for taking first place in the 2019 Wayne County Envirothon. The team was led by teacher and environmental enthusiast Mr. Nick Wojieck. The team members included:  Bella DeFeo, Lucy Zhang, Shea Shattuck, Kennedy Jones, Phil Ufholz, and Jacob Smith. This was the third year North-Rose Wolcott had competed.

This year, the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah N.Y. hosted the seven teams. Students competed from four high schools across the Wayne County that included: Wayne Central High School, North Rose-Wolcott HS, Red Creek High School and Wayne Technical and Career Center.

Second place was awarded Red Creek led by their teacher Mr. Terry Elmer, Third Place was awarded to the Red Creek Rams, led by their teacher Mr. Joseph Bonanno with a brand new team for 2019.

After years of rain and snow during past Envirothon competitions, this year was a bright and sunny day at the Montezuma Wildlife Center. Each team consisted of three to five-members. The teams participated in a series of field station tests that focus on five topic areas of conservation– soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, a current environmental issue, this year being Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World.

In addition to the five field stations, each team must present their solution to a problem related to the current issue to a board of judges.  The population of the Earth is estimated to be approximately 9 billion by the year 2050. One of the primary concerns for the agricultural industry is how will farmers be able to grow enough food to feed this growing population, while also protecting natural resources such as soil, water, air, wildlife, and forestry resources.  Students gave presentations on the concepts of how agriculture and all natural resource areas are interrelated, and how the use of new technologies are key to increase food production. Key topics included:

Understand the importance of moving toward sustainable farming systems to conserve natural resources, mitigate climate change, reduce erosion and protect water quality and quantity, and promote pollination;

Comprehension of farming practices that build soil organic matter such as composting, crop rotations, cover crops, conservation tillage, and management intensive grazing systems to improve soil health;

Understand integrated pest management and biological pest control techniques used to prevent insect pest, disease, and weed problems;

Understand the role of new technology: agricultural biotechnology; precision agriculture; and using UAV (drones, GIS, etc.) to increase farm efficiency for food production.

Envirothon is designed to give students the opportunity to learn about environmental issues and natural resources by conducting tests in the field. Often times this experience becomes a lifestyle for students and goes beyond competitions—it encourages students to be actively engaged in the environment around them at all times. Many students move onto careers in the conservation and environmental fields.

The District couldn’t put on a successful youth conservation program without our many sponsors. Special thanks go to the area businesses that made donations. Their support assisted in the purchase of Envirothon T-shirts, educational prizes and awards. Area sponsors included Wayne Pomona Grange, Lyons National Bank, Lyons Veterinary Clinic, Galens Pharmacy, RoadTek LLC, Wayne County Farm Bureau, Wegmans Newark, Thorpe Vineyard, and Clingerman Taxidermy.  In addition, recognition goes to Montezuma Audubon Center Director Chris Lajewski and the many volunteers at the Center that assisted in the event.

The North Rose Wolcott team will move on to compete at N.Y. State competition held at the Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY on May 22 & 23rd. Good luck and GO TEAM!





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