2018 Conservationist of the Year Award


Howard Goebel

The Oneida Lake Association honored Howard Goebel, Deputy Director of Canal Engineering, Construction, and Maintenance, as its 2018 Conservationist of the Year. Goebel is the New York State Canal Corporation and New York Power Authority administrator whose responsibilities include Oneida Lake’s water level controls and infrastructure.

Oneida Lake, the largest lake entirely within New York State, is economically vital to surrounding communities. Its watershed is home to more than a quarter million people, it supports a vibrant residential and tourist economy, offers world-class fishing, and hosts abundant recreational opportunities.

Goebel has been an avid angler since his youth, and his professional involvement with Oneida Lake begin in 2001, when he joined the New York State Canal Corporation as Canal Hydrologist, responsible for the system’s water management program. In 2015, he was named Operations Engineer for the New York Power Authority. NYPA absorbed the Canal Corporation’s budget and staff in 2017, at which time Goebel returned to the Canal Corporation. He provides both NYPA and Canals with leadership of navigation, water supply, hydropower generation, invasive species management, and emergency management, and has led efforts to revitalize the Canal and secure its aging physical plant.