Friday, January 28, 2011

OWLA Board Of Directors Meeting Wed. Feb. 2nd

Our next OWLA Board Of Directors Meeting will be held Wed. Feb. 2nd , 7pm at the Springside Inn in Fleming.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, January 7, 2011

New invasive discovered in Owasco Lake

The Chinese Mystery Snail is the latest invasive species to be identified in Owasco Lake. At Thursday's Water Quality Management Agency meeting there was a discussion on the snail and it's possible effects to the Lake. The snail was discovered in the lake in late 2010, but the positive identification was only recently confirmed. The Owasco Watershed Inspector; Jessica Reinhart, has requested that anyone who spots the snail to report the siting by calling her office at 315-252-4171 ext. 120.

The Chinese Mystery Snail has spread to many parts of the country and has been reported in the Great Lakes for many years. The snail is fairly large, about the size of a walnut or golf ball and is olive green in color. They spend most of their life in partially buried in the bottom sediments. When the snail dies, it washes up on shore and and can be easily seen(...and smelled). Long term effects of the snail are not completely understood. As more information becomes available we will post updates on the Owasco Lake News blog.

(photo from USGS)

Learn more about the Chinese Mystery Snail by visiting these links:

link to USGS fact sheet on the Chinese Mystery Snail:

link to the Auburn Citizen article:

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What's Happening from the Finger Lakes Institute

Upcoming seminars in the Finger Lakes:

The Impact of Changing Open Space seminar to be held on Thursday, January 20, 2011 1:00-4:00 pm at the Ovid Federated
Church, 7137 N. Main St. Ovid, NY will focus in the impact of sporadic development in rural communities, land conservation, funding
opportunities for municipalities and private property owners, and cost of community services. The meeting is sponsored by Cornell
Cooperative Extension Seneca and Yates Counties. Cost is $20 per person with reservations due January 12th
and should be sent to
CCE Seneca Co., 308 Main Street Shop Centre, Waterloo, NY 13165. Municipal education credits will be available. For more
information or to express need for accommodations, contact Bobbie Harrison at 315/539-9251. Cornell Cooperative Extension of
Seneca and Yates Counties provide equal program and employment opportunities.

Happening by a Lake Near You - Farms, Folks, and Funding: Cultivating Leadership Through Research and Practice

February 2, 2011
Inn on the Lake, Canandaigua NY

Download the Call for Presentation Abstracts.
Download the registration form and flier, or register online.

This one-day conference will be focused on local agricultural best management practices, especially concerning water quality as it pertains to agriculture and municipal systems. Ranging from everyday human actions to long-term infrastructure issues, workshops 
and research sessions will be informative of how changing behavior and technology aids local agricultural processes; in particular 
addressing water quality for food sources, drinking, waste management, and the water cycle. Workshop and presentation topics 
will include:
- Municipal water system implications
- On-site wastewater management
- Composting
- Organic farming
- Agricultural BMPs
- Nutrient Management
- Innovative Farm Practices/Technologies (methane digesters, etc.)
- Local food distribution
- Software involving Agriculture/ Water Quality
- Social/Human Dimensions
- Biomass Crops
- Downstream innovations
- Agricultural water reuse
For more information on presentations, or other aspects of the conference, please contact Khris Dodson at 315-443-8818. 
Conference cost is $40, which includes continental breakfast, snacks, lunch and all programs. Register here.

The NYS Stormwater Management Design Manual has been updated and now includes Green Infrastructure practices as a
requirement in Chapter 3, 4 and 5. The major purposes of these practices are to increase pollutant removal from water runoff by
getting closer to the source and to reduce the amount of runoff by providing planning and treatment practices that enhance
infiltration and mimic pre-development hydrology. This course will take participants through the process and use of the practices on
site specific designs to achieve the goals established in the manual. Detailed sizing exercises of treatment practices will be
performed in design teams. All projects that will be approved after March 1st, 2011 must demonstrate that Green Infrastructure
practices are incorporated into the design phase. Note that some MS4s are already requiring designers to review and consider
some of these practices. This course offers municipal and design engineers, landscape architects, stormwater professionals and land
use planners and developers one of the best training on Green Infrastructure in Western New York.
This seminar will be taught by Don W. Lake Jr. PE, CPESC, CPSWQ aka the stormwater guru of New York. Don has presented over
1,400 lectures, seminars, and  training workshops in erosion and sediment control, hydrology, and stormwater management
throughout the country. He is the principal author of the "New York Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control",
the "New York Contractors Erosion and Sediment Control Field Notebook", and co-author of "Construction Site Erosion and Sediment
Controls - Planning, Design, and Performance." Don is a dynamic, enthusiastic presenter that oozes knowledge. If you have not
attended one of his seminars, it is a must. John Dunkle, PE, CPESC, CPSWQ with also be teaching segments of the class.
The workshop will be held on January 6th from 8:30am to 4:30pm at the Henrietta Fire Training Center, located at 60 Erie Station
Road Henrietta, NY 14586. 7 LUs, 7 PDHs, and 7 CEUs are to be awarded for this course. The workshop is a one-day session with
a fee of $230.00 and will include handouts, refreshments, and lunch.

February through April 2011
Montour Falls, NY
Are you a landowner, farmer, or gardener?
Do you want a more sustainable and abundant life?
Learn a design method to improve home scale food and forest production, to conserve resources, and save money.
Study basic ecological principles and permaculture methods and use them to solve problems on your own home and landscape.
Help make better choices for our land, families, and communities.
Create your own sustainable design for a backyard, garden space, vacant lot, field, forest, or even an entire village. Examples and
applications will be presented in both an urban and rural settings.
Design subjects include gardens, water management, earthworks, small woodlot management, buildings, energy, soils, compost,
animals, and more.
Weekend Workshop: February 12 & 13
Tuesday evenings: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., February 15 - April 12
Steve Gabriel, Michael Burns, and Karryn Olson-Ramanujan with guest presenters
$200 - $400 (based on what you can afford) Thanks to the Schuyler County Environmental Management Council, and the Finger
Lakes Resource Conservation & Development Council, a limited number of half scholarships are available for residents of Schuyler,
Steuben, Chemung, Ontario, Seneca and Yates counties. A special thanks goes to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County
(EPO/EEO) for their support of this program.
Schuyler County Human Services Building, 323 Owego Street, Montour Falls, NY 14865
Contact: Call (607) 227-0316 or visit for information and reg

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