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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Joe Morelle (NY-25)

High, Middle, and Lower Falls officially recognized in the United States Geological Survey

(Rochester, N.Y.)—Today, Congressman Joe Morelle announced he has secured official federal recognition of High, Middle, and Lower Falls by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

“In Rochester, we’ve all known High, Middle, and Lower Falls by these names for decades, but now, I’m proud to announce that these local landmarks have finally received the national recognition they deserve,” said Congressman Joe Morelle. “I’m grateful to the many local partners who supported this effort, and I look forward to continuing my work in Washington to ensure Rochester’s natural beauty and resources are acknowledged at a national level.”

“These breathtaking cascades have long been symbols of the beauty and resilience of our city,” said Mayor Malik D. Evans. “From the thunderous roar of the Upper Falls to the tranquil allure of the Lower Falls, each of these majestic waterfalls holds a special place in the hearts of Rochesterians and visitors alike. Thanks to Congressman Morelle, we are not only honoring our rich natural heritage but also opening up opportunities for increased tourism and appreciation of our city’s unique landscapes.”

“The Genesee River is a vital asset to the vibrancy of the Rochester region,” said Miguel Melendez, President of the Rochester City Council. “I am proud to play a small part in officially acknowledging the names of our waterfalls in anticipation of creating High Falls State Park. Our city was built on the River, literally and figuratively, and it is important to acknowledge its rich assets that make it special.”

“The names of our public spaces contribute to the culture of our city,” said Mitch Gruber, Rochester City Councilmember. “That’s why it’s important for City Hall, the Federal government, and Genesee Riverwatch to work together to be thoughtful and deliberate about naming these waterfalls—some of the most significant natural resources in our region.”

“As advocates for the river, Genesee RiverWatch felt it important that the names of these beautiful and historic waterfalls be included on federal maps and records,” said Steve Orr, a board member of Genesee RiverWatch. “We were most pleased that the City of Rochester and U.S. Rep. Joseph Morelle joined us in seeing that these waterfalls’ names were finally memorialized.

The official naming of High, Middle, and Lower Falls by USGS ensures these landmarks will appear on federal maps and be included in the official USGS database. Other regional waterfalls—like Honeoye Falls and the world-famous Niagara Falls—were already included in the database, but for too long these three had been previously omitted. Congressman Morelle was made aware of the issue by local leaders, including Councilmember Mitch Gruber and Genesee RiverWatch Board Member Steve Orr, and acted quickly to rectify the issue.