Thank you Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle

At OLA's April 20, 2011 annual membership meeting, Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle attended and addressed OLA members on the topic of cormorant control. She acknowledged cormorants' devastation of the lake's fishery and economy, and spoke positively about the multi-million dollar economic benefit of controlling this invasive species. She reminded us that this is a difficult time for federal budgets and committed to find ways to continue this successful program without burdening taxpayers with it.

The OLA Board of Directors thanks Congresswoman Buerkle for her attention to this historically important issue, and thanks all the OLA members who wrote, called, and e-mailed her staff to remind them that cormorants need to be controlled. We are excited about the possibility that legislators will finally start to meaningfully address Oneida Lake's needs after ignoring the lake for several years. We'll keep our members updated as the Congresswoman and her staff work on the cormorant problem.