Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Owasco Lake

Owasco Lake Watershed Management Plan

The first step in management plan process was the development of the State of the Owasco Lake Watershed 2000 Report. 
Click here to view the State of Owasco Lake Watershed (Adobe PDF file).

The Cayuga County Legislature passed a resolution to accept the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Plan on July 24, 2001. 
Click here to view the Final Owasco Lake Watershed Management Plan (Adobe PDF file).

To view the Owasco Lake Watershed, visit the 
Map of the Owasco Lake Watershed.

Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program

View information on the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program

Additional Information on Owasco Lake and the Owasco Lake Watershed

Owasco Watershed Rules and Regulations

According to the New York State Health Code, section 1100, the city of Auburn "shall make regular inspection of the reservoir, watercourses and watershed to insure compliance with the rules and regulations set forth in this section".

These rules set forth the conditions and types of activities allowable within the watershed. Further, the Watershed Rules and Regulations set forth the conditions to be met by agricultural and business practices, including how such activities may be conducted, to ensure a pure and safe drinking water supply for Auburn and surrounding towns.

For a complete listing of the Watershed Rules and Regulations see
Owasco Watershed Rules and Regulations (Adobe PDF file). 

The Owasco Lake "Rule Curve" and links to USGS lake elevation data.

The Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) sets the guidelines for maintaining water levels in the Owasco Lake Outlet. The City of Auburn is charged with the control of the level by means of the State Dam at Swift Street.

The ACOE "rule curve" shows what the water target levels should be during the year.

Owasco Lake Rule Curve in PDF format.

Owasco Lake Rule Curve in HTML format.

The United States Geological Survey provides real time data on the internet. Two sites are linked below (will open a new browser windows).

Elevation data for Owasco Lake near Auburn, NY.

Gage height and discharge from the Owasco Outlet at Genesee Street, Auburn, NY.

John Halfman's Research of Owasco Lake

Owasco Lake, New York: Water Quality & Nutrient Sources, A 2012 Update (Adobe PDF file)

Owasco Lake, New York: Water Quality & Nutrient Sources, A 2011 Update (Adobe PDF file)

Owasco Lake, New York: Water Quality & Nutrient Sources, A 2010 Update (Adobe PDF file)

Owasco Lake: A 2010 Update (Adobe PDF file)

Owasco Lake, New York: Water Quality and Nutrient Sources-Revised 3/20/09 (Adobe PDF file)

A Preliminary Water Quality Study of Owasco Lake, NY and Its Watershed- Revised 3/1/2007 (Adobe PDF file)

A Preliminary Water Quality Study of Selected Finger Lakes, New York 6/1/2006 (Adobe PDF file)

Additional Research and Presentations

WQMA Presentation from Owasco Lake Day 2009 (Adobe PDF file).

Application of a Hydrodynamic Model Related to Coliform Contamination of Beaches in Emerson Park (Adobe PDF file)

Computer-Based Simulation of Loads and Water Quality Responses Within the Owasco Lake Watershed by Barry Evans, Ph.D. (Adobe PDF file)

Conservation and the Economy: 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, Joseph C. Makarewicz (Adobe PDF file).

Owasco Lake Agricultural Conservation Blueprint (Adobe PDF file)

Links

The following are links to other websites. Cayuga County is not responsible for these websites and has no control over their contents or information not located on the Cayuga County servers. The following links will open a new browser window.

Owasco Watershed Lake Association

Owasco Watershed Network