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Seneca Lake Pure Waters Names New Director


Emily Debolt has been chosen as Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association’s new Director. Debolt, who will be only the second director in the Association’s history, will start on December 4th.

Originally from Virginia, Emily has her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Ithaca and master’s degree from SUNY-ESF in Syracuse. She is the past Director of Education at the Lake George Association, the nation’s oldest lake conservation organization, where she oversaw the association’s flagship Floating Classroom educational program as well as their trailblazing Lake Steward Boat Launch aquatic invasive species prevention program.

Emily owned and operated a native plant nursery specializing in native plants for sustainable landscapes for ten years. She designed and installed countless rain gardens, shoreline buffers and pollinator gardens across the region. Emily was selected as the 2012 recipient of the New York Native Plant Conservationist of the Year by the New York Flora Association and currently serves on their Board of Directors. Before relocating to the Finger Lakes, Emily worked in the Saratoga Regional Office of NYS Parks providing Regional Communications and Public Relations Programming for the 20 parks and historic sites in the region. Emily lives in Canandaigua with her husband and two sons where they enjoy sports and spending time outdoors fishing and boating.

“I’m honored and excited to be joining the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association,” said DeBolt. “They are already doing such great work to protect the lake and I’m looking forward to helping the association increase their already significant impact. Utilizing my substantial experience working collaboratively with diverse groups, agencies, and municipalities, I’m very much looking forward to getting to know the larger Seneca Lake watershed community and helping protect this vital resource for generations to come.”

“As President of Pure Waters, I would like to personally welcome Emily to the team,” said Bill Roege. “We have a number of projects that Emily will be able to help us with right away and we are excited for her to get started. Given her experience, we expect Emily will help us continue to grow and do even more to help the lake.”

Pure Waters continues to work hard to preserve, protect, and promote Seneca Lake water quality for the enjoyment of all—now and into the future.

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