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Rochester’s ROC the Riverway proposal is due to Governor Cuomo in May, and project leaders are asking community members for their ideas. What do you think will revitalize Rochester’s waterfront areas? Where is the untapped potential? Do you think some of the concepts outlined in the proposal are unrealistic?

We heard from project leaders earlier this month, and now it’s your turn to share your ideas. Our guests:

Office of NY Gov. Cuomo

During a stop in Rochester on Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo committed $50 million in state funding to help redevelop the area along the Genesee River in downtown Rochester.

Speaking at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Cuomo noted that other cities around the U.S. have seen great success in taking advantage of their waterfronts and he wants to see Rochester do the same.

City of Rochester

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren was among the politicians who attended Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address on Wednesday and was heartened to hear what he said about Rochester. 

Warren was particularly glad to hear Cuomo talk about the state supporting the  "ROC the Riverway" proposal.

It may seem unusual to have conversations about preserving our water bodies after major weather events like hurricanes or the flooding on the Lake Ontario shoreline, but excessive runoff is a major source of pollution. It’s a problem in our area — one that the H2O Hero initiative hopes to combat.

The program is celebrating its tenth anniversary, and this hour, we talk to the team behind it about its progress. Have the goals changed as a result of weather events? How do we prepare for future issues? And what can we do, on an individual level, to protect Lake Ontario and the Genesee River? Our guests help us understand the science and the mission. In studio:

  • Todd Butler, president and CEO of Causewave Community Partners
  • Dan Menelly, president and chief science officer for the Rochester Museum and Science Center
  • Paul Sawkyo, coordinator for the Water Education Collaborative (WEC)

  • Caroline Kilmer, WBE-certified stormwater consultant, and chair of the Water Education Collaborative (WEC)

We preview the final event of the Community Design Center's 2017 Reshaping Rochester Series. This time, the focus is on riverfront revitalization, specifically in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A private non-profit called the River City Company has served as an economic development engine for downtown Chattanooga. Its efforts have led to real estate and retail projects, entertainment venues, and community initiatives that have brought new life to the city center.

So what can Rochester learn from Chattanooga? We discuss that question with our guests:

Rochester is a river city that doesn't always seem like it. So how can a river become a community connector, not a divider - or ignored? 

The mayor of Greenville, South Carolina is coming to Rochester to share his insight into how river cities can be connected and vibrant. It's part of the Reshaping Rochester series, which is focusing on improving social equality this year in various ways. Our guests:

Rochester is one of four U.S. cities to be selected to participate in the National League of Cities' and Urban Land Institute's Rose Fellowship. During the one year fellowship, a local team will collaborate with advisers from across the nation to address a "land use" challenge. The project at hand? Activating three downtown assets: Main Street, the Genesee riverfront, and the Broad Street Aqueduct.

What will downtown look like five years from now? And what lessons can Rochester learn from other cities? We explore these questions with our guests:

  • Gideon Berger, program director of the Daniel Rose Fellowship program at the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use
  • Nadine Fogarty, vice president of Strategic Economics in Berkeley, California
  • Kevin Kelley, senior community housing planner for the Housing Division in the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development for the City of Rochester, and Rose Fellowship project manager
  • Baye Muhammad, commissioner for the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development for the City of Rochester

We drill down into one cubic foot of the Genesee River with a man who has traveled the globe, looking for answers in one cubic foot of a particular place. This is a fascinating project that has many different aims and possible benefits, not the least of which is simply understanding our own ecosystem. So, what exactly is in one cubic foot of the Genesee? Our guests:

It’s the final week of what’s been another topsy-turvy legislative session in Albany. We’ll start the hour by checking in with WXXI Albany bureau correspondent Karen DeWitt for the latest developments from the capitol.

Then we’ll talk about the second annual Genesee River Basin Summit, which Genesee RiverWatch is hosting on Wednesday. It’s a gathering of groups interested in improving the water quality of the river and the surrounding area that depends on it. We'll discuss what will be discussed at the summit with:

Center for Environmental Initiatives

Community members from across western New York came together in Rochester Thursday to address the issue of pollution in the Genesee River, and create an action plan for the immediate future.

The summit, run by the Center for Environmental Initiatives, was spurred by a new study which suggests human activity along the Genesee River Basin is having a direct impact on the water quality in Lake Ontario.