Thursday, September 27, 2012

OWLA Meeting Notice - October 3rd

OWLA Meeting Notice:

The next OWLA meeting  is Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 7 pm at Springside Inn, 6141 West Lake Road.

Guest speaker will be Eileen O’Connor, PE, Director of Environmental Health, speaking about “Blue-Green Algae and how to report it.”



Strategic Planning Session

Saturday, November 10, 2012
9:00 am - 12:00 Noon

Springside Inn

All OWLA members invited.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Prescription Drug Take-Back

Prescription drugs entering our waters has been a recent hot topic in the news. Kinney Drug's is sponsoring a Prescription Drug Take-Back event in Moravia next Saturday.

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012

10 am - 2 pm

Kinney Drugs, Main St., Moravia N.Y.

Bring unwanted, unused drugs for safe disposal.

Help keep drugs out of  our water supply.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Blue – Green Algae is confirmed in Owasco Lake

Press Release on Blue Green Algae:

Cayuga County Health and Human Services
160 Genesee Street
Auburn, NY 13021
For Immediate Release: Wednesday September 12, 2012
Contact: Eileen O’Connor, P.E.
Director of Environmental Health
Phone (315) 253-1405
Fax: (315)-253-1478

Blue – Green Algae
The Cayuga County Health Department has recently received phone calls from County residents reporting that there are algae blooms on Owasco Lake. Residents are concerned that these blooms are blue-green algae. A water sample was taken from a bloom which was located at the south end of the lake. The sample was sent to the New York State Department of Health and they confirmed the presence of blue-green algae.

The Cayuga County Health Department would like to advise people that at any time surface water is visibly discolored or has surface scums from algae, they should suspect the presence of blue-green algae and avoid contact or consumption.

Blue-green algae is of concern as it can produce toxins that could pose a health risk to people and animals when they are exposed to them in large enough quantities. Adverse health effects could occur when the blooms are swallowed while swimming or through contact with the skin.

A good website that has pictures of various types of algae can be found at

The Cayuga County Health Department has the following advice:
1. People and pets should not swim in water that is discolored or has surface scum. If contact does occur, wash with soap and water or rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove algae.
2. Avoid bathing, showering, or washing dishes in untreated water that is experiencing an algae bloom.
3. Do not let your pet drink water experiencing blue-green algae blooms.
4. People are encouraged to call the Environmental Health Division at 315-253-1405 if they suspect a blue-green algae bloom. 

more info at:

Saturday, September 1, 2012

OWLA Meeting - Wednesday Sept. 5th

The next OWLA meeting will be this Wednesday, September 5, 2012, at 7 pm at Springside Inn, 6141 West Lake Road.

Guest speaker at this meeting will be Jason Cuddeback, District Grazing Specialist and Certified Crop Advisor from the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District
Cuddeback will speak about “Agricultural Best Management Practices and What They Mean to Owasco Lake.” He will discuss the proposed implementation of the $600,000 grant that the County was recently awarded by the New York State Agricultural Non-Point Source Grant program and its potential positive impact on Owasco Lake and the watershed.

We hope to see you there!

- Lakeman