Thursday, December 1, 2016

OWLA Meeting - 12/7/16

 Owasco Watershed Lake Association Meeting

December 7, 2016
Springside Inn at 7:00 PM
Draft Agenda
Welcome Members and Guests
 
Call to Order:
 
7:00PM Presentation: Andy Zepp; Executive Director
                              Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT)
 
Andy will provide an overview of FLLT's Conservation Strategy for the Finger Lakes. The report proposes $100 million in funding recommendations to address the "Top 10" water quality issues faced by all of the Finger Lakes. Andy also hopes to collect additional information from OWLA members.
 
 
7:30PM
I.        Roll Call Sheet
II.      Approval of October, 2016 Minutes - Gilda Brower
III.    Financial Report - Jeff Trescot
IV      President's Report  (Strategic Planning for 2017; The Sluiceway at Emerson Park; SON)
 
7:50PM
V.    Committee Reports
A. OWLA's Testing for 2016 - Ken Kudla
B. Ad Hoc Notification Group Update - Peter Rogers
C. Fox Toyota Watershed Projects - Rick Nelson
 
8:20PM          
VI.      Old Business
            D.  Communications - Carolyn Hiza
            E.  Membership - Rosemarie Romano
F. CAFO Permit Update Dana Hall
 
VII.    New Business  
8:30 PM Adjourn
 
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Saturday, October 29, 2016

OWLA meeting on Wednesday 11/2

Owasco Watershed Lake Association Meeting        
Wednesday November 2, 2016 
Springside Inn at 7:00 PM
Draft Agenda
Welcome Members and Guests

Call to Order:

I.        Roll Call Sheet
II.      Approval of October, 2016 Minutes - Gilda Brower
III.    Financial Report - Jeff Trescot
IV      President's Report

V.    Committee Reports

A. OWLA's Testing for 2016 - Ken Kudla
B. Ad Hoc Notification Group Update - Peter Rogers
C. Fox Toyota Watershed Projects - Rick Nelson
           
VI.      Old Business

            D.  The Sluiceway at Emerson Park
            E.  Communications - Carolyn Hiza
            F.  Membership - Rosemarie Romano
G. CAFO Permit Update - Dana Hall

VII.    New Business
 
8:30 PM Adjourn



We value your opinions and ideas regarding OWLA and encourage you to participate in OWLA meetings.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Discuss Owasco Water Quality on TV


On Tuesday, October 18th the guests on "Inside Government with Guy Cosentino" will be the City of Auburn's Director of Municipal Utilities, Seth Jensen and the Owasco Watershed Lake Association's current President, Robert Brower and immediate past president, James Beckwith who will discuss the recent issue of Blue Algae in Owasco Lake and its impact on the Lake and local drinking water supplies.

The show airs at 7 PM on Time Warner 12 on Tuesday and at 8 PM on Thursday the 20th and will replay on Time Warner's 12 & 98 and FIOS Verizon Channel 31 on Saturday October 22nd and Sunday October 23rd at 5:00 PM from the Auburn Regional Media Access (ARMA).

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Drinking water tests improving!


The Auburn citizen is reporting today that the latest results from Thursday, Oct. 6 samples of water from the town of Owasco and city of Auburn's treatment plant showed no detectable levels of blue-green algae toxins. This is very good news after several days of rising levels of toxins found in testing.

Read more at:
http://auburnpub.com/news/local/auburn-owasco-thursday-water-samples-detect-no-algal-toxins/article_287fd88e-45e4-5881-b94e-5f8074b3e49b.html

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Detectable Toxin levels continue......

Cayuga County Health Department is reporting that treated drinking water for the town of Owasco and the city of Auburn showed detectable levels of blue-green algae toxins in the latest round of tests — Owasco seeing the highest levels to date.

From AuburnPub.com:
"Owasco water tests show highest algae toxins yet, Auburn levels still detectable" Link:
http://auburnpub.com/news/local/owasco-water-tests-show-highest-algae-toxins-yet-auburn-levels/article_ef90bb02-e335-505e-868e-fd39830b3f3b.html#utm_source=auburnpub.com&utm_campaign=%2Femail-updates%2Feedition%2F&utm_medium=email&utm_content=A7ABE91B4AB87725FEC03F56B65C6C326743857B




Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Algae Bloom update


Good Morning Everyone, 10/3/2016

Last week, we had very few blooms of significant size. Unfortunately, the cyanobacteria cells were still present in the water column, but the weather conditions were not ideal for a bloom to develop at the surface. With the ability for the bacteria to migrate up and down in the water column, the toxin producing organism made their way into water intakes for the City of Auburn and the Town of Owasco and eventually into the treated drinking water. Luckily, the toxins are at low enough levels that they are not a major health concern to children, pregnant women, or adult; but nevertheless, it is still a major concern for the water quality of Owasco Lake. The most recent results for the State Health Department have shown no detectable toxins in the drinking water for the City of Auburn and the Town of Owasco. We will continue to monitor the situation along with the County Health Department.

Today marks the last day of the year for weekly surveillance of your zone.
I want to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication to help us better understand the frequency and severity of blooms in Owasco Lake. In the next few weeks/months, the inspection Program, OWLA, Health Department, and the DEC will meet to discuss the next step and hopefully come up with a plan to help minimize the impact Cyanobacteria on Owasco Lake. I think we exceeded our expectations for the first installment of the “Owasco Lake HAB Program” and it was not possible without the help of our 24 zone volunteers. 

As always, if you have any questions or would like to report a water quality concern, please feel free to contact me at anytime.

Sincerely,

Tim Schneider

Watershed Inspector
Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program
7413 County House Road
Auburn, NY 13021
Violations, & Technical Assistance:
ph(o): 315.252.4171 x-120

ph(c): 315.237.2066





Friday, September 30, 2016

Owasco Watershed Lake Association Meeting       
October 5, 2016
  
Owasco Yacht Club at 7:00 pm
  
DRAFT Agenda
Welcome Members and Guests
  
Call to Order:
  
PROGRAM FOCUS:  Watershed Restoration Projects:
  
7 PM:  Dutch Hollow Brook, Jason Cuddeback, CC Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)
  
Jason will review the nine projects in the Dutch Hollow Brook Sub-basin designed to reduce nutrient loading or sedimentation. This collaborative $200,000 program is being implemented by the SWCD as a result of NYS funds captured by OWLA in 2013.
  
7:30 PM the Fox Toyota Dealer Match Program, Rick Nelson, OWLA
  
Director Rick Nelson will summarize projects that have been proposed by the SWCD and the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program (OLWIP) with the goal of starting implementation in the fall of 2016. The projects proposed for this collaborative $20,000 program will be implemented by the proponents as a result of an award to OWLA in the summer of 2016, made possible by the generosity of Fox Toyota of Auburn, NY and the Toyota Corporation.
  
7:45 PM the Enhanced Watershed Action Program, Bob Brower, OWLA 
  
Bob Brower will review the status of this complex and collaborative program, focused on the Sucker Brook and Veness Brook Sub-basins designed to reduce nutrient loading or sedimentation. This collaborative $600,000 program is being implemented mostly by the SWCD as a result of NYS funds captured by OWLA in 2014.
         
  
  
8:00 PM 
  
I.        Roll Call Sheet
II.      Approval of Sept, 2016 Minutes - Gilda Brower
III.    Financial Report - Jeff Trescot
IV.    Committee Reports
A.  Lake Level Committee-Jim Beckwith
            B.  Ad Hoc Notification Group Update - Peter Rogers
             
V.      Old Business 
  
            D.  The Sluiceway at Emerson Park
            E.  Communications - Carolyn Hiza
            F.  Membership - Rosemarie Romano
 
VI.    New Business
G. Amend and Re-Confirm the Fox/Toyota Award Process and
H. Establish the Fox/Toyota Award Committee   
8:30 PM Adjourn

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Blue-green algae found at Adams Point

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said test results on a water sample at Adams Point on Owasco Lake showed high toxin levels associated with blue-green algae, according to the Cayuga County Health Department on Friday.

Full story: http://auburnpub.com/news/local/health-department-blue-green-algae-found-at-adams-point-on/article_891ad1ca-cb9d-5219-9c8e-13e8fbd5902b.html#utm_source=auburnpub.com&utm_campaign=%2Femail-updates%2Fbreaking%2F&utm_medium=email&utm_content=A7ABE91B4AB87725FEC03F56B65C6C326743857B

Friday, September 2, 2016

Owasco Lake Water Quality Notification Program - 8/29/16

Owasco Lake- Week 8 (August 29th) Summary

Hello Everyone,

As we enter into September, the life cycle of cyanobacteria that cause Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) starts to peak and blooms can become more frequent.

On Saturday August 27th, we received a number of reports about a potential HAB developing. Blooms were seen on the East side of the lake at Burtis Point, Adams Point (Wide Waters Lane) and Seward Point (Firelane 24 East); and on the West side of the lake at Cascade (Firelane 1-4 West) and near Firelane 26 West. A sample was Collected at Adams Point and Laboratory results indicated that the bloom did contain high cyanobacteria levels (281ug/L, above the WHO/DEC Threshold of 25-30ug/L), and toxins results have not yet been completed. Luckily the wind picked up on Sunday August 28th and the blooms have dissipated. Additional information can be found at owascoinspection.org regarding current conditions of the lake and any supplemental information.

Reports from weekly surveillance have indicated no evidence of a bloom this week. As always, if you suspect a bloom, please feel free to call me at 315-237-2066 or Drew Snell at 315-427-5188.

Best,

 Tim Schneider
Watershed Inspector

Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program
7413 County House Road
Auburn, NY 13021
www.owascoinspection.org

Violations, & Technical Assistance:
ph(o):   315.252.4171  x-120
ph(c):   315.237.2066