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Owasco Lake Watershed and Waterfront Revitalization Plan

The following documents make up the final Owasco Lake Watershed Management and Waterfront Revitalization Plan which was approved by the NYSDOS on March 30, 2016.   If you have any comments or questions, please contact Michele Wunderlich at mwunderlich@cayugacounty.us or by phone at 315-253-1107.  Each portion of the report is included in a separate file because some of the files are quite large.

Cover and Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Abbreviations and Resources

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: State of the Owasco Lake Watershed

Chapter 3: Recommendations for Watershed Management and Waterfront Revitalization

Chapter 4: Implementation of Watershed Recommendations

Chapter 5: Adaptive Management: Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting

References and Appendix 1

Owasco Lake Watershed:  Institutional Framework and Assessment of Local Laws, Programs, and Practices Affecting Water Quality

The following document is the Owasco Lake Watershed:  Institutional Framework and Assessment of Local Laws, Programs, and Practices Affecting Water Quality.  If you have any comments or questions, please contact Michele Wunderlich at mwunderlich@cayugacounty.us or by phone at 315-253-1107.  Each portion of the report is included in a separate file because some of the files are quite large. Alternatively, the report is available in its entirety.

Owasco Lake Watershed Institutional Framework and Assessment of Local Laws, Programs and Practices Affecting Water Quality Main Document

Owasco Lake Watershed Institutional Framework and Assessment of Local Laws, Programs and Practices Affecting Water Quality Appendices 

Owasco Lake Watershed Institutional Framework and Assessment of Local Laws, Programs and Practices Affecting Water Quality Entire Document 

Owasco Lake Watershed Management Plan:  Watershed and Waterbody Inventory Report

The following document is the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Plan: Watershed and Waterbody Inventory Report. If you have any comments or questions, please contact Michele Wunderlich at mwunderlich@cayugacounty.us or by phone at 315-253-1107. Each portion of the report is included in a separate file because some of the files are quite large. Alternatively, the report is available in its entirety.

Inventory Report Cover and TOC.pdf

Inventory Report Chapter 1.pdf

Inventory Report Chapter 2.pdf

Inventory Report Chapter 3.pdf

Inventory Report Chapter 4.pdf

Inventory Report Chapter 5.pdf

Inventory Report Chapter 6.pdf

Entire Inventory Report.pdf

Public Participation/Outreach Meeting

There was a public meeting on February 29th to discuss the Draft Owasco Lake Watershed and Waterfront Revitalization Plan at Cayuga Onondaga BOCES, 1879 West Genesee Street Road, Auburn from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.  For a flyer, click here.  To see a copy of the presentation from the public participation/outreach meeting, click here

Survey on Watershed Priorities

The Owasco Lake Watershed Management and Waterfront Revitalization Plan includes measures designed to ensure the sustainability of the lake and watershed, as well as measures to enhance and revitalize recreational uses. We invited input on the draft plan from all those who live, work, and play within the Owasco Lake watershed and rely on the lake for drinking water. Survey closed on December 14, 2105.

Draft Recommendations: Owasco Lake Watershed and Waterfront Revitalization Plan and Public Participation/Outreach Plan

Draft recommendations for the Owasco Lake Watershed and Waterfront Revitalization Plan were developed with input from the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council, and were available for public review. On November 30, a public meeting was held at Cayuga Onondaga BOCES at 7 pm to gather input on the plan.

Click here for the draft recommendations.

Click here for a flyer for the public meeting.

Click here for the presentation from the public participation/outreach meeting

Vision and Watershed Goals

The Vision and Watershed Goals were approved by resolution by the Watershed Advisory Committee on November 18, 2014.  

Information on the Project

The State of the Owasco Lake Watershed report was completed in 2000, and was followed in 2001 by the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Plan. Much has happened over the intervening years, both on the landscape and in the lake. New threats to water quality have emerged, along with some new tools for managing the resource. 

Cayuga County Department of Planning & Economic Development led an effort to update and expand the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Plan, with funding support from the NYS Department of State. Local partners include the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council, the Owasco Watershed Lake Association, Cayuga County Soil & Water Conservation District, the Cayuga County Farm Bureau, Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency and others interested in water resources. 

EcoLogic LLC and Environmental Design & Research worked with the Cayuga County project team to gather data and information about the lake and its watershed and led a community-wide discussion of how to meet the challenges of water quality protection. 

 




The watershed planning effort is funded through a Title 11 Environmental Protection Fund grant from the New York State Department of State.