Created: 08/13/2014 3:26 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
The U.S. Coast Guard is joining local and Canadian law enforcement agencies for a two-day exercise being held this week from the eastern end of Lake Ontario to the Buffalo-Niagara region.
The exercise being held Thursday and Friday is being organized by the Monroe County Emergency Management Office in Rochester and sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security.
Officials say the event will coordinate a response to a fictitious waterborne threat in Lake Ontario and will include activities in Buffalo, Oswego and Rochester, and on Lake Erie and the Niagara River.
This scenario calls for a multi-agency response based on intelligence gathered from U.S. and Canadian officials.
Officials will discuss the exercise at a news conference scheduled for late Friday morning at the U.S. Border Patrol's Buffalo sector headquarters in Grand Island.