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WRITE ON: Yes to Civilian Climate Corps

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My skepticism about the need for the proposed federal Civilian Climate Corps evaporated this week when reading about Skaneateles Lake and its woes over harmful algal blooms.

This Civilian Climate Corps should not to be confused with the Civilian Conservation Corps of the Great Depression, responsible for constructing park buildings, stonework and bridges from 1934 to 1941 in what is now Watkins Glen State Park.

Today’s CCC would be a federally funded program aimed at employing thousands of young people to fight climate change. It’s one small slice of the massive infrastructure bills working through Congress that could be voted on this month.

As envisioned, the 2021 CCC would target climate change, increase reforestation, bolster community resilience, protect biodiversity and help restore public lands and waters, among a long list of other goals.

The Finger Lakes and communities across the United........

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