|The NERC Feasibility Study began with the agencies listed above that serve the marine community in Tompkins County. These agencies share a common mission to educate the public about marine safety. Additionally, they provide services broadly defined as law enforcement and rescue services, with each agency specializing in a particular aspect of one of these operations. Due to their complementary goals, these agencies are able to share workspaces, including office, classroom, a public base of operation, and docking facilities.||
A combination of professional emergency personnel and trained volunteers provide marine emergency services. The agencies are interdependent, yet span various areas of expertise, interest, training, and equipment. Cayuga Lake is shared by a variety of user groups, including rowers, personal watercraft sports enthusiasts, sailors, and motor boaters. These groups enjoy recreational activities on the lake, and expect a reasonable level of emergency services to be available, preferably in a seamless manner.