Thursday, July 12, 2018

Owasco Lake Day 2018 - August 5th

A festival celebrating Owasco Lake
Fun for the Whole Family!

Exhibits, Education, Demos, Games
Free Admission – Free Parking
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Deauville Island, Emerson Park
(Rain or Shine)
Live Music
Local musicians

2 stages!

Music all day!

Education Exhibits & Demos
Educational exhibits about the lake and other conservation initiatives

Free Pontoon Rides
Take a free, 30-minute pontoon boat ride around the lake, while a guide educates the riders on all aspects of the lake

Games & Crafts
A kid friendly event featuring games, crafts and face painting

Picnic Food Stand
Local Boy Scouts will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers to benefit the troop

And More!
Visit with family and friends as we learn about, and CELEBRATE Owasco Lake!

Sunday, August 5, 2018
Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Deauville Island, Emerson Park
(Rain or Shine)




more info at: https://owla.org/lake-day/

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Help with Algae Bloom experimental project? (East side land owners)


Can We Inhibit the HABs this Season?
Ed Wagner, Chairman, Owasco Lake Water Quality Management Council
Ken Kudla, President, Owasco Watershed Lake Association
In just a few months, Owasco Lake will likely experience yet another outbreak of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). Whether you live on the shore of the Lake, drive by it, like to swim in it, picnic by it, boat on it, drink its water, or just live in the region, our lives, our jobs, and our economic well-being are directly influenced by the health or ill-health of this Finger Lake.
Sometimes called blue-green algae, HABs are not algae at all, but instead are a common form of bacteria that come into dominance because our Lake has too much phosphorus and nitrogen. These bacteria during the hot, calm days of August into October proliferate, turning our Lake into an ugly, keep-away green. Even worse, as the bacteria die they often release poisons that can have very serious health effects. Scientists around the world are working hard to come up with solutions. About the only fix now known is to greatly reduce the phosphorus and nitrogen getting into the lake.
However, the bacteria have a weakness. They like calm, clear, warm water. There is an early body of research that suggests that perhaps we can inhibit their normal pattern by mixing up the water column; i.e., make it more turbulent and less calm.
This year the Owasco Lake Water Quality Management Council in association with OWLA, the Finger Lakes Institute and the NYS DEC are working together to identify, research and test a number of possible technologies directed a minimizing HAB outbreaks.
Current plans are to secure a quantity of two types of water mixers. One type will be for lakeshore sites that have a depth of 15 to 20 feet within 75 feet of the shore line. The other type is for more shallow, near shore locations. This type typically mounts under a dock. It is the same mixer as is used to prevent ice from forming around a dock or boat lift.
The mixer for deeper water installation is called an Airmax PS-20 and costs about $2500. The under dock mounted shallow water mixer is a Kasco submersible mixer and costs approximately $1,000.
We are looking for property owners who live on the east side of the lake who are willing to try these mixing devices. What is needed from the property owners is:
·         An outdoor, grounded electrical outlet must be near your shore.
·         You will install and operate the device
·         Monitor the device, pay for the electricity used, and support the research by taking daily photos, upload the photos to a secure shared drive and perhaps take a number of water samples throughout the few months of the project
·         Remove and store the device at the end of the HAB season
At the end of the year all research will be evaluated and the results shared with the participating home owners. Any property owners who have benefited from the technology will be given the choice to:
·        Reimburse OWLA for 25% of the mixer's cost and then they will keep the technology.
·        Owners who did not benefit from the technology will pay nothing and simply return the technology to OWLA.
This project is first come, first served while the quantity of mixers we buy lasts.
If you live on the east shore of Owasco Lake and wish to participate in this research project please attend the June 6th OWLA Meeting at Springside Inn beginning at 7:00 PM. Any questions will be answered then and participating home owners will be identified.
Thank you,
Ed Wagner
Chairman, Owasco Lake Water Quality Management Council
Ken Kudla
President, Owasco Watershed Lake Association
June 1, 2018

Friday, June 1, 2018

OWLA Meeting Wednesday June 6th, 2018


 Owasco Watershed Lake Association Meeting
June 6, 2018
Springside Inn at 7:00 PM
Agenda
  
Welcome Members and Guests!
7:00 PM - In-lake Technologies - Dana Hall
7:15 PM - Call to Order
·         Roll Call Sheet (1 minute)
·         Approval of May 2, 2018 Minutes - Peter Rogers (1 minute)
·         President's Report (5 minutes)
·         Committee Reports
o    Treasurer's Report and Budget - Jeff Trescot and Peter Rogers (5 minutes)
o    Elections - Ann Robson (20 minutes)
o    Lake Day, News, Meetings with Other Organizations - Rick Nelson (5 minutes)
o    Citizen Science - Julie Lockhart and Kim Mills (15 minutes)
o    Outreach - Nancy Hart (5 minutes)
o    Membership Update - Rosemarie Romano and Linda Vitale (10 minutes)
o    Adopt a Highway Proposal - Dana Hall (5 minutes)
o    Lake Level - Jim Beckwith (5 minutes)
·         Old Business
o    Governor's Proposal Update - Ken Kudla (5 minutes)
·         New Business
·         Open discussion-membership thoughts
·         8:30 PM - Adjourn
We value your opinions and ideas regarding OWLA and encourage you to participate in OWLA meetings.

Monday, April 30, 2018

OWLA Meeting Wed. May 2nd

Owasco Watershed Lake Association Meeting
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Springside Inn at 7:00 PM
Agenda
 
Welcome Members and Guests!

7:00 PM - "OWLA Strategy Update - Member Input Required" - (15 minutes)
7:15 PM - Call to Order
Roll Call Sheet (1 minute)
Approval of April 4, 2018 Minutes - Peter Rogers (1 minute)
President's Report (5 minutes)
Committee Reports
o Treasurer's Report and Budget - Jeff Trescot and Peter Rogers (5 minutes)
o Nominations - Ann Robson (15 minutes)
o Lake Day, News, Meetings with Other Organizations - Rick Nelson (5 minutes)
o Citizen Science - Julie Lockhart and Kim Mills (15 minutes)
o In Lake Technologies Status - Larry Campanelli (5 minutes)
o Outreach - Nancy Hart (5 minutes)
o Current Membership Update - Rosemarie Romano and Linda Vitale (5 minutes)
o The New Watershed Rules and Regulations - Ken Post (5 minutes)
o Lake Level - Jim Beckwith (5 minutes)
Old Business
New Business
Open discussion-membership thoughts
8:30 PM - Adjourn

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

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

OWLA Meeting - February 7th, 2018

 Owasco Watershed Lake Association Meeting
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Springside Inn at 7:00 PM
Agenda
  
Welcome Members and Guests!
7:00 PM - "Potential In lake Projects" - Larry Campanelli (15 minutes)
7:15 PM - "Meeting in Albany" - Dana Hall (15 minutes)
7:30 PM - Call to Order
·         Roll Call Sheet (1 minute)
·         Approval of January 3, 2017 Minutes - Peter Rogers (1 minute)
·         President's Report (10 minutes) - Jim Beckwith
o    Lake Level
o    Governor's Proposal
o    Bruce Natale Meeting
·         Committee Reports
o    Treasurer's Report and Budget - Jeff Trescot and Peter Rogers (5 minutes)
o    Citizen Science- Julie Lockhart (5 minutes)
o    Strategy & Messaging - Nancy Hart (5 minutes)
o    Membership and Corporate Campaigns plus Web Site - Peter Rogers (10 minutes)
o    Membership Campaign - Rosemarie Romano (3 minutes)
o    The New Watershed Rules and Regulations - Ken Post (2 minutes)
·         Old Business (5 minutes)
·         New Business
o    Open discussion-membership thoughts
·         8:30 PM - Adjourn
We value your opinions and ideas regarding OWLA and encourage you to participate in OWLA meetings.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

September 2017 Algae Blooms on Owasco

Algae Update: Sept. 30, 2017 excerpt from the Auburn Citizen:

Latest test results released by the Cayuga County Health Department show the highest levels of harmful algal bloom toxins entering the city of Auburn's water treatment plant this season.

After the Owasco Lake water flowed through the city's toxin treatment system and the filtration plant, no toxins were detected in the drinking water.

According to the health department's website, 0.25 micrograms per liter of microcystin, a kind of liver toxin present in some harmful algal blooms, was detected in the raw lake water from samples collected Wednesday. The last time toxins were detected in the raw water, levels were 0.18 and 0.16 micrograms per liter on Aug. 31 and Sept. 18, respectively.

All of those detections are below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's level of concern for vulnerable populations — 0.3 micrograms per liter over 10 days.

The town of Owasco continues to show no toxins detected in both the drinking water and the untreated water.

link to 2017 Owasco Watershed Inspection HAB testing results: http://www.owascoinspection.org/2017-hab-program


Recent Algae bloom pictures (from Auburn Citizen)


Friday, September 29, 2017

OWLA meeting, Wednesday 10/4/17, 7pm

Owasco Watershed Lake Association Meeting Oct. 4, 2017
Springside Inn at 7:00 PM
Agenda

Welcome Members and Guests!

Remember to put water away now.

A SPECIAL PRESENTATION

7:00 PM  "Nutrient Management on Dairy Farms"
William Jones, Business Development Manager,
Venture Creations, RIT's Technology Business Incubator
related story link: http://auburnpub.com/news/local/how-an-rit-startup-could-help-remove-thousands-of-pounds/article_f70b9172-034b-5c3a-8795-fef38f43a6ed.html

7:30 PM Call to Order
1. Roll Call Sheet
2. Approval of August 6, 2017 Minutes - Gilda Brower
3. President's Report
4. Committee Reports
a. Treasurer's Report and Budget - Jeff Trescot and Peter Rogers:
b. The Ask - Bob Brower
i. A Brief Overview of the Sept 23 Cyanobacteria bloom
ii. The QAPP Status
c. Citizen Science- Julie Lockhart and Dana Hall
d. Membership - Rosemarie Romano and Linda Vitale
e. The New Watershed Rules and Regulations-Ken Post
f. Lake Day - The Great Race-Rick Nelson
g. Strategy and Messaging Committee-Nancy Hart and Ken Kudla
i. Increasing OWLA's Growth::The Strategic Messaging Project Status

8:15 PM
5. Old Business
a. WOTUS Letter...Dana Hall
6. New Business

8:30PM
7. Adjourn

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

OWLA meeting - Wed. August 9th

Owasco Watershed Lake Association Meeting
August 9th, 2017
Springside Inn at 7:00 PM

Agenda

Welcome Members and Guests!
Remember to put water away now.
7PM Call to Order
1. Roll Call Sheet
2. Approval of July 5th, 2017 Minutes - Gilda Brower
3. President’s Report
7:20 PM
4. Committee Reports
a. Treasurer’s Report and Budget – Jeff Trescot and Peter Rogers:
b. The Ask – Bob Brower
i. Tributary QAPP Progress Budget
ii. Riparian Project Status
c. Citizen Science- Ken Kudla and Julie Lockhart
d. Membership - Rosemarie Romano
e. Fund Development- Dana Hall
f. The New Watershed Rules and Regulations-Ken Post

8:00PM
5. Old Business
a. Lake Day – Rick Nelson
6. New Business
a. Increasing OWLA’s growth even more, A New Strategic Marketing Proposal
8:30PM
7. Adjourn

Saturday, April 1, 2017

OWLA Meeting - Wed. April 5th, 2017

Owasco Watershed Lake Association Meeting
April 5th, 2017
Springside Inn at 7:00 PM

Draft Agenda

Welcome Members and Guests!


7PM  Call to Order
1. Roll Call Sheet
2. Approval of March 2017 Minutes - Gilda Brower
3. President's Report
a. Committee Organization and Members
b. New Volunteer Opportunities
c. Changes in Staffing (Program Coordinator)

7:15PM
4. Committee Reports
a. Treasurer's Report and Budget - Jeff Trescot and Peter Rogers
b. 2015-16 Ask - Bob Brower
c. Strategy and Messaging- Nancy Hart
d. Citizen Science- Ken Kudla and Julie Lockhart
e. Lake Level- Jim Beckwith
f. Nominations- Ann Robson
g. Lake Day - Rick Nelson (Nancy Hart)
h. Membership - Rosemarie Romano
i. Fund Development- Dana Hall

8:15PM
5. Old Business
a. Owasco Flats- Nancy Hart

6. New Business

8:30PM Adjourn


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