Saturday, June 20, 2009

Help control invasive weeds.... Adopt-A-Shorline

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County will be holding a training session on Saturday June 27th; 10:00 am at their offices; 248 Grant Ave. Auburn.

The Adopt-a-Shoreline training session will help interested citizens learn to identify, monitor and control invasive aquatic weeds on local lakes.

Invasive weeds are devastating to local bodies of water. Eurasian water milfoil, curly leaf pondweed and water chestnut are causing problems for boaters and fishermen, they reduce waterfront property values, disrupt the growth of native plants and can interfere with fish reproduction.

Pre-Registration is not required, but would be appreciated. Call CCE at 255-1183 for more information.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

“Light an LED for Owasco Lake”

"Light an LED for Owasco Lake"
Sponsored by the Owasco Watershed Lake Association (OWLA)
Please join with others around the Lake
by turning on an LED Light
Friday, July 3, 2009, at 9:30 PM

Please join us for "Ring of Lights" during our Independence Day Weekend Celebration.
The event builds on an Indian tradition that showed respect for the great gift of "Owasco Lake," and it also demonstrates our unity as a community.
We would like to update this tradition to be environmentally friendly and promote the use of LED lights rather than flares, which contain phosphorus and can cause harm to our water.
Owasco Lake is important to all of us, and this is a fun way to show it.

How can I get LED Lights? You can buy LED lights from local vendors, or Owasco Watershed Lake Association has found a USA distributor who sells LED lights at a reasonable price. We will be pleased to order your lights for you. All orders must be accompanied with your payment and all orders must be received by OWLA by June 20, 2009. You will be responsible for picking up your LED lights on Lake Day, Wednesday, July 1, at Emerson Park Pavilion.
Other environmentally friendly alternatives include using a string of LED holiday lights, nylon solar powered LED patio lanterns, or solar LED camping lanterns.

For more information or to share other environmentally friendly alternatives, please e-mail
LED Light Order Form - by June 20, 2009, accompanied by payment. I will pick them up on Lake Day, July 1st at Emerson Park Pavilion.
Name: ______________________________
Address: _____________________________
City, State, Zip: _____________________
Daytime Telephone: _______________ FAX: ______________
Please order LED Lights X $10 each =
Check# Amount enclosed:
Send payment made out to "OWLA" and order form by June 20, 2009 to:
Post Office Box #1
Auburn, NY 13021

Saturday, June 6, 2009

2nd Annual OWASCO LAKE DAY - Wed. July 1st

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

5 – 6:30 pm
Emerson Park Pavilion

Updates from New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio and from John D. Halfman, Ph.D., Finger Lakes Institute; on the Water Quality of Owasco Lake

Guest Speaker
Peter E. Black, PhD
Professor of Water and Related Land Resources, Emeritus, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

“Together We Can Make a Difference”


Ring of Lights
Friday, July 3, 2009 (fireworks night)

LED lights available for $10.00 each
Order by June 20th
Details and order information at:

Monday, June 1, 2009

Monthly OWLA meeting this Wednesday June 3rd

Message from our President!

Hi OWLS!!! WE will have our monthly meeting at the Springside Inn this Wednesday June 3rd at 7:00PM.
Be prepared to give your committee reports. [send a substitute if you can't make it].
Most of our meeting will deal with Owasco Lake Day and the Ring of Fire. We will have Groton Updates and Buoy News, as well as discussion of Sue Muldoon's reforestation Project. Any other items can also be addressed. Please come and bring others who are not on this list.

We need everyone's help for our ambitious agenda for Lake Day. Stas Kott asked me to inform you that he will hold an Owasco Lake Day meeting at Emerson Park this Saturday June 6th at 9:30 AM ----His and Norma's Committee will need all the help that they can get.

See you all this week ..................Joe Wasileski - President

June News From the Finger Lakes Institute

We just recieved an e-mail from Sarah Meyer with the latest offerings from The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith College. FLI does an excellent job in providing quality environmental education programs focused on pertinet Finger Lakes issues.

Check them out!

June 2009 Finger Lakes Institute Happenings
Read and print the entire newsletter from

Upcoming Programs

June 15, 7:00 pm, Otisco Lake MarinaTalking and Teaching About Aquatic Plants: A Workshop for Educators

June 15, 7:00- 9:00 pm, Finger Lakes Institute Seneca Room
Genesee-Finger Lakes Regional Blueway Analysis Stakeholder Meeting

June 25, 6:30 pm, Finger Lakes Institute ClassroomA Homeowners Guide to Aquatic Plants

June 30, 6:30 pm, Finger Lakes Institute ClassroomLake-friendly Households: Is Your Home Healthy and Environmentally Friendly? Part 1

July 7, 6:30 pm, Finger Lakes Institute ClassroomLake-friendly Households: Is Your Home Healthy and Environmentally Friendly? Part 2

Education Outreach
Teachers! Professional Development Opportunities Offered at the FLI
Summer Finger Lakes Exploration Camp for Middle School Youth
School Without Walls Visits HWS

Community Outreach
Greening for the Greater Good: Demonstration Rain Garden Planted at the FLI
Two Part Lake-Friendly Homeowners Program
Diet for a Small Lake New Edition Now Available
Planning for Recreational Paddling in the Finger Lakes

Learn more at: