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Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council

Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council (Council)

Reporting Watershed Concerns

Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council (Council)

The Mission of the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council is to coordinate actions for protecting and restoring the health of Owasco Lake and its watershed to ensure that Owasco Lake will serve as a source of public drinking water, a recreational asset, an economic driver, and an important natural resource for the well-being of watershed residents and those who benefit from its protection now and for future generations.

It is the Council’s vision that its membership will eventually be populated by representatives of all of the municipalities within the watershed. As we continue to grow as a Council, we will be able to learn from each other, share ideas, and overcome barriers. Using our collective voices and resources, we will be positioned to obtain grant funding for the implementation of watershed protection projects.

The Council

  1. Actively monitors and evaluates the general health of the waters of Owasco Lake and its watershed
  2. Supports research in the watershed to help identify problem areas
  3. Works on implementing projects by partnering with various agencies including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Finger Lakes Institute, Owasco Watershed and Lake Association
  4. Directs the Inspection Program to identify and stop activities within the watershed that may result in a decrease of water quality.
  5. Looks to implement educational programs that will increase public awareness ab out the responsible care and protection of the watershed.

Members

  1. City of Auburn represented by Debra McCormick, City Councilor
  2. Town of Owasco represented by Ed Wagner, Town Supervisor
  3. Town of Fleming represented by Gary Searing, Town Supervisor
  4. Town of Scipio represented by Leslie Baxter, Town Planning Board Member
  5. Town of Niles represented by Joan Jayne, Town Supervisor
  6. Cayuga County represented by Aileen McNabb-Coleman, County Legislator

Ex officio members

  • Cayuga County Soil and Water
  • Cayuga County Environmental Health
  • Cayuga County Planning and Economic Development'
  • Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency
  • Cayuga County Board of Health
  • City of Auburn Chief Operator for Water Treatment Plant
  • Owasco Watershed and Lake Association

Incorporation Documents and By-laws

 

Watershed Inspection Committee

The Watershed Inspection Committee is a Standing Committee of the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council. The Members of the Watershed Inspection Committee are:

  1. City of Auburn represented by Debra McCormick, City Councilor
  2. Town of Owasco represented by Ed Wagner, Town Supervisor
  3. Cayuga County represented by Mike Didio, County Legislator

The Mission of the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program is to make regular and thorough inspections of Owasco Lake, its watercourses, and its watershed to ascertain compliance with the Rules and Regulations of the Owasco Lake Watershed and to provided education outreach to the watershed community to foster lake stewardship.

Minutes

Resolutions

Laws, Regulations, and Ordinances

Model ordinances and laws

Regulations

New York State Laws

  • § 15-0501. Protection of certain streams; disturbances of stream beds; permit.
  • § 17-0501. General prohibition against pollution.
  • § 17-0505. Prohibition against certain acts without permit.
  • § 17-1701. Definition of sewage; discharge of sewage and other matter into certain waters prohibited.
  • § 17-1704. Discharge of sewage and other offensive matter from new or renovated wastewater disposal systems to the surface waters of the Owasco lake watershed extending from the city dam on the outlet to the existing Moravia village outfall sewer on the inlet are prohibited.
  • § 17-1710. Deposit of garbage or other refuse on or in waters of the Owasco lake watershed extending from the city dam on the outlet to the existing Moravia village outfall sewer on the inlet is prohibited.
  • § 17-2101 - 17-2105. Prohibition of the use of phosphorus lawn fertilizer in most cases and prohibition of the sale of phosphorus-containing dishwater detergents.

Reports and Data

Presentations

  • Wright, 2013 - Manure Spreading Risks (.pdf)
  • Kubek, 2012 - Stormwater Presentation (.pdf)
  • Makarewicz, 2011 - The Impact of Soil and Water Conservation on the Two Leading Engines of New York State’s Economy: Agriculture and Tourism of New York State's Economy: Agriculture and Tourism (.pdf)

Technical Reports

  • Birge and Juday, 1912 - A Limnological Study of the Finger Lakes of New York (.pdf)   
  • Owens, 2004 - Application of a Hydrodynamic Model Related to Coliform Contamination of Beaches in Emerson Park (.pdf)
  • Ryan, 2008 - Water Quality of The Owasco Lake, NY, Watershed (.pdf)
  • Evans, 2008 - Computer-Based Simulation of Loads and Water Quality Responses Within the Owasco Lake Watershed (.pdf)   
  • Halfman, 2016 - The 2016 Water Quality Report For Owasco Lake, NY
  • Halfman, 2015 - Owasco Lake, New York, 2015 Annual Report: Water Quality & Nutrient Source Monitoring, Detailed Dutch Hollow Nutrient Loads & Detailed Water Quality Buoy Data (.pdf)
  • Halfman, 2014 - Owasco Lake, New York: Water Quality & Nutrient Sources, 2014 Findings (.pdf)
  • Halfman, 2013 - Owasco Lake, New York:  Water Quality & Nutrient Sources, 2013 Findings (.pdf)

 

Maps

Wastewater Treatment Plants

See documents at the top of the screen.

OWLA Sampling Data and Reports for Owasco Lake

See documents at the top of the page.

State of the lake

Management plan

Guidance

Correspondence