Monday, May 31, 2010

Beautiful Memorial Day! (Be safe!)

Wow! What a weekend so far!

The is nicest weather for memorial day weekend in many years. I was out on Owasco Lake the past two days and can't believe all the folks who are out on the water. I even went for a swim saturday, a little cool (a passing boater said it was around 68F), but very refreshing with the air temperatures in the 80's.

I did want to make a comment about safety on the water. There are lots of people out in boats, kayaks, jet ski's etc. Make sure you safety gear is all on board and that young people are WEARING life jackets. Please use caution, most people are just getting on the water for the first time this season and may not be at their peak boating potential.

One other CAUTION to those who may be on Owasco after dark: The lighted point marker buoys HAVE NOT been installed yet! Please use extreme caution until they are placed. Hopefully NYS will be out very soon to remedy this situation.

Lastly, Please take a moment to reflect on this very important holiday. Memorial Day is an opportunity to honor those who have given their lives for freedom as well as those who have served in all of the armed services.

Well get out and enjoy this beautiful day!

Have fun and be safe! - Lakeman

Saturday, May 29, 2010

OWLA meeting this Wednesday June 2nd

Messsage from Joe Wasileski - OWLA President:


There will definitely be a meeting this Wednesday, June 2nd at Springside Inn at 7PM.  There is a lot to decide concerning Owasco Lake Day and its particulars.  We are still considering a forum possibility but it will be modified per your suggestions.  THIS COULD BE OUR MOST IMPORTANT MEETING OF THE YEAR!!---so please come and bring your friends.

We also will need your help, DURING the meeting so please come early.  We will be folding 1010 letters to potential members around the lake for our current membership drive.  Please come and help us.  This is the BIG KAHUNA MEETING.-----

                                                                     Thanks,  Joe Waz

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Nice Editorial's in today's Auburn Citizen

There are three nice editorials dealing with Owasco Lake in the Auburn Citizen tonight. One deals with the expansion of the watershed inpsection program in the Owasco Lake watershed. The Owasco Watershed Lake Association is advocating for expansion of the inspection program. 

What do you think? Please leave us your comments on the proposal to have lake water drinkers and users pay a little bit more to protect Owasco Lake.

More Lake Watchers Needed - Guy Consentino (The Auburn Citizen 5/19/10)

If you could call the protection of Owasco Lake a continuing saga, the newest chapter is again about money and how to pay for keeping the lake that has some 45,000 people drinking from it, not only clean, but protected in the long term. It seems clear that we are going to again get to the brink of the lake deteriorating, before we can get local leaders to ensure long term funding to protect it.
In question are letters sent by Auburn City Manager Mark Palesh to local officials about the city’s commitment to the current program, not only of inspections, but also creating a stable funding stream that started with a deal in 2007. Three years ago, state Sen. Michael F. Nozzolio put on the table a one-time funding opportunity to pay for inspections for one year. His condition, after being burned by Cayuga County a few years before on an economic developer position, was that permanent financing for the following two years had to be in place before the state’s money was released. The result was a deal between the City of Auburn and Town of Owasco, both of which draw water from Owasco Lake, to add a surcharge to their billings for users to pay for a single watershed inspector #— far short of what is needed.
This year the deal runs out and while it looks as if the city will still stick with its fee on water, the Town of Owasco is looking to increase their surcharge if the City of Auburn does, in order to add a part-time inspector #— far short of what is needed. With a 208-square-mile watershed, which is larger than neighboring Skaneateles’s which has several more inspectors, the need for more personnel resources is clear.
In question is whether the city, the largest drawer of water, should get more from its citizens, and as one should expect, those it sells water to (i.e. Aurelius, Montezuma, Weedsport, etc). Yet, one key player who has not been involved financially from day one and should be is the county. They slipped through the financial commitment process by instead providing “oversight” and space for the sole watershed inspector (some have felt that the only reason they went that far was that they wanted to keep tabs on the inspector and make sure they didn’t go after some legislators’ constituents).
What has to be remembered is that more than these two municipalities have an interest in a clean watershed. For example, those who draw their water from the lake directly in Moravia, Niles and Scipio, among others, require clean water and should be covering part of that cost. It is time for a permanent, long term, inclusive financial plan to be implemented that includes the county.
Cosentino is a former mayor of Auburn and can be contacted at

Monday, May 10, 2010

Blueprint II group works to protect Owasco Lake

A big thanks goes out to the Blueprint II students who took on a valuable project to protect Owasco Lake. The students, their families and supporters worked to install vegetative buffers in the Owasco Flats this past Saturday. Over 50 people participated in the effort to install various plantings near the Owasco Inlet. See the complete story of the students project from this Sunday's Auburn Citizen at the link below: