LYNDONVILLE - The first in a series of public workshops on the environment and ecology of Lake Ontario will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday in the Lyndonville Fire Hall, 148 N. Main St.

Mary Penney, a coastal community development specialist for an organization called New York Sea Grant, said residents of the Lake Ontario watershed will be asked for "input on the current status of the watershed and to identify priorities, barriers and potential strategies for removing those barriers for a healthy coastal ecosystem."

Kristy LaManche, a program coordinator for the Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance, said participants also will be asked what help they need "for their communities to more fully engage in the protection and responsible use of Lake Ontario."

The International Joint Commission has designated the Buffalo River, Eighteen Mile Creek, Rochester Embayment, Niagara River and the St. Lawrence River at Massena as "areas of concern" for the cleanup of pollution.

Additional public workshops will be held Tuesday in Piffard, Wednesday in Webster, Thursday in Henderson, and Sept. 29 in Sodus and Oswego.