The Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency’s March 2022 Newsletter is now available on the WQMA website at http://cayugacountywater.org/what-we-do/resources/.
The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection and Division of the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council has created several new resources for Owasco Lake Watershed Homeowners:
The Cayuga County WQMA has approved its work plan for 2022. This work plan lists the priorities and actions that the Communications and Outreach Working Group, Invasive Species Working Group and Nutrient and Sediment Working Group plan on conducting in 2022. You can view the 2022 WQMA Work Plan.
The Cayuga County WQMA has completed their 2021 Year End Report. This report lists the work done by the WQMA’s Communication and Outreach Working Group, Invasive Species Working Group and Nutrient and Sediment Working Group. The 2021 WQMA Year End Report is available here. Previous years’ reports can be found here.
As of June 2021, the Cayuga County WQMA quarterly newsletter will be available on the WQMA website in pdf form. To view the newsletter or other WQMA resources, go to http://cayugacountywater.org/what-we-do/resources/.
The Cayuga County WQMA has completed their 2020 Year End Report. This report lists the work done by the WQMA’s Communication and Outreach Working Group, Invasive Species Working Group and Nutrient and Sediment Working Group. The report is available here. Previous years’ reports can be found here.
Submitted by Rick Nelson
The Owasco Watershed Lake Association (OWLA) Board is busy with existing projects and developing new ones for water quality improvements and watershed awareness.
Trained Harmful Algal Bloom spotting volunteers started two weeks ago to check all around the lakeshore for HABs. Very few have arrived so far.
Our roadside ditch remediation program continues in cooperation with the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District to reduce future sediment and nutrient loading into Owasco Lake.
In addition, the OWLA Board is in the initial stages of new efforts for the late summer into Fall:
• to increase awareness – interact with school teachers to incorporate water quality educational programs such as those available from the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges;
• install roadside signs highlighting the watershed boundaries, and important measures citizens can take to protect Owasco Lake.
• a tree planting program will hopefully blossom into a Lake wide effort with many volunteers; and
• a trash pickup day/week, hopefully Lake wide, to remove trash and debris from our shorelines, ditches, and streams.
For more info visit www.owla.org.
Photo credit: Rick Nelson