Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Owasco Lake level to be lowered to 709'

The City of Auburn will be lowering the level on Owasco Lake to 709' in an effort to kill off Asian Clams. The idea is to kill the clams by freezing the clams this winter. Plans are to begin dropping the lake as soon as the water temperature drops below 50 degrees F. It will take several months to reach the 709' level.

Though the lake has been to this lower level a few times before, residents who have water lines in the lake may want to confirm that this lower than usual level will not affect their ability to draw water from the lake.

See the Auburn Citizen article at :

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Back-to-School "Electronics Plus" Collection Event

Natural Resource Center

October 1, 2011

This fall all residents of Cayuga County and the City of Auburn are invited to participate in the Fall 2011 Back-to-School "Electronics Plus" Collection Event. The event presents an excellent opportunity to discard materials in a safe manner. Proper disposal protects human health, our community and the environment. The materials collected at this event will be recycled to the fullest extent possible by our contractors.

Saturday, October 1, 2011.

Running from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Located at the Natural Resource Center, 7413 County House Road, Auburn, next to the jail and nursing home.

We are accepting:
Televisions for FREE!
Computer monitors for FREE!
All other electronics for FREE!
Fluorescent bulbs and CFLs for FREE!
Household batteries for FREE!
Propane tanks for FREE!


Small Freon appliance for $5 each
Acceptable Household Electronics Include:
Computer Equipment
Computer Monitors
Fluorescent Light Bulbs and CFL bulbs
Video Game Systems
Universal Power Supplies
Cell Phones
Toner/Ink Cartridges
Small Freon Appliances for $5 each
Also accepted will be:
1 pound to 20 pound propane tanks
Hand held cylinders that contained such gases as oxygen, MAPP and helium

This is not our chemical collection event, which is on October 22, 2011. Click here for more details.

Learn more here:

If you have questions about whether or not a specific item will be accepted, or if you are a business and want references for electronics collection and recycling services, please call Cayuga County Cooperative Extension at 315-255-1183, or email

This event is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County, Cayuga County Solid Waste Management Program Office, Cayuga County Department of Planning and Economic Development and hosted by the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Funding for the event is provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Cayuga County and Nucor Steel-Auburn.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fall Bird Watching trip at the Owasco Flats

Birding at the Flats this Sun 9/25 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Reminder - There will be Fall Bird Watching trip at the Flats and other local areas Sunday morning at 7:00 am.  We will spend the morning walking the Flats trail and if time permits, head to other local birding areas. Bring binoculars, drink and a snack. Meet at Route 38 pull off parking area near kiosk.  Noelle Rayman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and OFNR Volunteer.  Rain or shine.
Please contact us if you have any questions. 
Sandie Doran

Monday, September 5, 2011

OWLA Board Meeting Wed. Sept. 7th

The monthly OWLA Board of Directors meeting will be held this Wednesday September 7th - 7pm at the Springside Inn on Rt. 38 in Fleming. Members and the Public are invited. 

Happy Labor Day!

Well, it is not the nicest Labor Day morning but at least we had a nice few days leading up to it!

As our Owasco Lake summer winds down, we want to take a moment to say Thanks to all our volunteers that give of their time to help protect Owasco Lake and its watershed.

So to our volunteers who made Lake Day 2011 a success, to those who have supported our water testing program, the folks working on our asian clam response and to our Board of Directors who keep this organization running, Thank you all!

- Lakeman