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

Thursday, September 1, 2016

OWLA meeting - Sept. 7th

  Owasco Watershed Lake Association Meeting       
September 7, 2016
Springside Inn at 7:00 PM
Draft Agenda
Welcome Members and Guests
  
Call to Order
  
I.        Roll Call Sheet
II.      Approval of August 25, 2016 Minutes - Gilda Brower
III.    Financial Report - Jeff Trescot
  
IV.    Committee Report
  
            A.  OWLA's Testing for 2016 - Ken Kudla
            B.  Ad Hoc Notification Group Update - Peter Rogers
            C.  Cove Captains Update - Linda Vitale, Jean Cannizzo
            D.  Communications - Carolyn Hiza
            E.  Membership - Rosemarie Romano

V.      Updates
  
              A.  Update HAB Program - Tim Schneider
              B.  The ASK - Bob Brower
              C.  Toyota/Fox Grant - Bob Brower                                             
             
VI.      Old Business 
  
                Summary of Progress of OWLA 
  
VII.    New Business
VIII.  Wrap-up (next meeting; assignments; agenda planning items)
             
Adjourn
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Special Meeting on Thursday August 25th

Owasco Watershed Lake Association
Special Meeting        
Thursday - August 25, 2016 
Auburn Public Theater at 8 Exchange Street
From 7:00- 8:30 PM
Agenda:

Welcome Members and Guests
Call to Order
 
Focused Meeting on Harmful Algae Blooms (HAB)
Telecommunications Conference with Dr. Rebecca Gorney of NYSDEC
 
A. Dr. Gorney (NYSDEC) will present a state-wide overview of the HAB issue, participating from Albany. Owasco Lake Watershed Inspector Tim Schneider will be attending and will offer a local perspective on the HAB circumstances in Owasco Lake, based on this year's sampling results.
 
B. Ad Hoc Notification Group Update-Peter Rogers will describe the current efforts to enhance presentation of information about HAB's in Owasco Lake. This focus is a part of the group's efforts to improve notification of all troubling issues identified through monitoring of the lake and watershed.
 
C. The Stream Identification/Information Program - Watershed Specialist Drew Snell, OLWIP will make an exciting announcement about the status of this new program.
 
There will be no OWLA business meeting at this special focus session. August minutes and financial reports will be approved at the regular September 7th OWLA meeting.
 
Adjourn


Monday, August 1, 2016

NEW DATE AND LOCATION August meeting

The OWLA August meeting will be held on Thursday, August 25, from 7 to 8:30 at the Auburn Public Theater at 8 Exchange Street, Auburn, New York 13021.

The August 25 meeting will include a focus on the Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) issue, with Dr. Rebecca Gorney of NYSDEC.  Dr. Gorney will teleconference in to the meeting from Albany. Owasco Lake Inspector Tim Schneider  will also be attending and will offer a local perspective on the HAB circumstances in Owasco Lake. A short business meeting will also occur, time permitting.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

OWLA Meeting May 4, 2016

Owasco Watershed Lake Association Meeting
May 4, 2016
Springside Inn at 7:00 PM

DRAFT Agenda
Welcome Members and Guests
 
Call to Order
 
I.        Roll Call Sheet
II.      Approval of April 6, 2016 Minutes - Gilda Brower
III.    Financial Report - Jeff Trescot
 
IV.    Committee Report
            A.  OWLA's Testing for 2016 - Ken Kudla
            B.  Ad Hoc Notification Group Update - Peter Rogers
            C.  Cove Captains Update - Linda Vitale, Jean Cannizzo
            D.  Communications - Carolyn Hiza
                    1. Newspaper Articles - Nancy Hart
            E.  Report on Strategic Planning - Bob Brower, Kerry McElroy
            F.  Membership - Rosemarie Romano

V.      Updates
              A.  HAB Testing with DEC Scott Kishbaugh - Bob Brower
              B.  Lake Day- June 22, 2016 - Rick Nelson
              C.  The ASK - Bob Brower
              D.  Owasco Lake Management Plan Report Card - Jim Beckwith
                    1. Health Department Notification - Jim Beckwith
 
VI.      Old Business 
                  Lake Levels - Jim Beckwith
 
VII.    New Business
                  Report on NYSFOLA Conference -             
VIII.  Wrap-up (next meeting; assignments; agenda planning items)
Adjourn

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

OWLA meeting Wednesday April 6th - 7pm

Owasco Watershed Lake Association Meeting
April 6, 2016 
Springside Inn at 7:00 PM
Draft Agenda

Welcome Members and Guests
Call to Order

Topic: The Land Value Landscape 2015
Introduction: Community Mapping Program Bob Brower, CEO, I.A.G.T. and
RACNE, and David Carr, Principal, Resource Interpretations
Introduction and Background of Ashleigh's Project
Presenter:  Ashleigh Grossos, Intern at I.A.G.T.

I.      Roll Call Sheet
II.    Approval of March 2, 2016 Minutes - Gilda Brower
III.    Financial Report - Jeff Trescot

IV.    Committee Report

            A.  Ad Hock Notification Group Update - Peter Rogers
                  1. Cove Captains Update - Peter Rogers
            B. Communications - Carolyn Hiza
                  1. News Paper Articles - Nancy Hart
            C.  Report on Strategic Planning - Bob Brower
         
V.      Updates

              A.  Summary of March to Lake Day 2016 - Rick Nelson
              B.  Lake Day- June 22, 2016 - Rick Nelson
              C.  Nominating Committee Report - Ann Robson

VI.      Old Business
   
VII.    New Business
              A. Report from Consultant - Kerry McElroy, Jim Beckwith            
VIII.  Wrap-up (next meeting; assignments; agenda planning items)

Adjourn

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

OWLA Meeting - Wed. March 2nd, 7pm

Owasco Watershed Lake Association Meeting
March 2, 2016 
Springside Inn at 7:00 PM

Draft Agenda

Welcome Members and Guests

Call to Order

Topic: The Land Value Landscape 2015 
Introduction: Community Mapping Program Bob Brower, CEO of I.A.G.T. and David Carr, Principal, Resource Interpretations, Introduction and Background of Ashleigh's Project
Presenter: Ashleigh Grossos, Student Intern at I.A.G.T.

I. Roll Call Sheet
II. Approval of February 3, 2016 Minutes - Gilda Brower
III. Financial Report - Jeff Trescot
IV. Committee Report
A. Ad Hoc Notification Group Update - Peter Rogers
1. HAB Brochure - Peter Rogers
B. Draft CAFO Permit Update - Rick Nelson
1. Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance - Bob Brower
C. Communications - Carolyn Hiza
1. OWLA Social Media Update - Crystina Brooks
2. Newspaper articles - Nancy Hart
D. Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council - Jim Beckwith
E. Water Testing/Monitoring - Ken Kudla; Drew Snell
F. Membership Update - Rosemarie Romano
G. Water Quality Management Group - Bob Brower
H. Strategic Planning Update- Bob Brower
I. Report on Fundraiser - Jim Beckwith
V. Updates
A. March to Lake Day 2016 - Rick Nelson
B. Lake Day - Rick Nelson
C. The ASK - Bob Brower, Dana Hall, Rick Nelson,
Peter Rogers, Ken Kudla
VI. Old Business
VII. New Business
VIII. Wrap-up (next meeting; assignments; agenda planning items)
Adjourn

PLEASE NOTE: Two upcoming OWLA events:

MARCH TO LAKE DAY: Saturday, March 5, from 9 am - 12 Noon
Information at: www.owla.org

STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION: 
Saturday, February 27, at 9 am at Springside Inn

Saturday, January 30, 2016

OWLA meeting, February 3rd - 7pm

Owasco Watershed Lake Association Meeting 
February 3, 2016 
Springside Inn at 7:00 PM
Draft Agenda
Welcome Members and Guests

Call to Order
I. Roll Call Sheet
II. Approval of January 6, 2016 Minutes - Gilda Brower
III. Financial Report - Jeff Trescot
IV. Committee Reports
A. Draft CAFO permit (Released on 12/23/15 comment only until
February 7, 2016) - Rick Nelson
1. Letter from OWLA to DEC
2. Letter in response from NYSFOLA (New York State Federation
of Lake Associations (250 groups mostly in eastern NYS)
3. WQMA's Resolution to the Cayuga County Legislators Passed
- Bob Brower
4. City of Auburn Resolution - Rick Nelson, Jim Beckwith
B. Ad Hoc Notification Group - Peter Rogers, Jean Canizzo,
Linda Vitale, Bill Phillips, Kerry McElroy, Tim Schneider Drew Snell,
Ken Kudla, Dave Carr, John Bisgrove
C. Communications - Carolyn Hiza
D. Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council - Ken Kudla
1. Owasco Lake Management Plan - Jim Beckwith
E. Water Testing/Monitoring - Ken Kudla; Drew Snell
F. Strategic Planning Update- Bob Brower
G. Membership Update - Rosemarie Romano
1. Cove Captains; Watershed Kit - Jean Canizzo; Linda Vitale
H. Water Quality Management Agency- Bob Brower
I. Finger Lakes Region Watershed Alliance Bob Brower

V. Old Business
A. March to Lake Day 2016 - Rick Nelson
B. Lake Day - Rick Nelson
VI. New Business
VII. Wrap-up (next meeting; assignments; agenda planning items)

Adjourn

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