Friday, October 24, 2014
Coliform Bacteria Working Group
WQMA Bacteria Working Group Priorities for 2014:
  1. Provide education to residents and lawn care companies regarding proper handling of yard waste.
    • Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County (CCE) will publish Eco-talk articles regarding proper handling of lawn waste and provide information at events such as Owasco Lake Day.
    • CCE will look into how to reach Golf Course Superintendents and Commercial Chemical Lawn Care companies.  
    • The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspector will include information as part of welcome packages to new homeowners and will educate residents when poor practices are seen.
  2. Work with agricultural producers on Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce runoff and potential contamination of waterbodies.
    • The Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will provide soil health and nutrient management seminars for farms.
    • SWCD will work to adopt 6 new nutrient management plans in all watersheds of Cayuga County, while continuing to update existing plans.
    • CCE will discuss benefits of cover crops and risk of overspreading in AgAlert newsletter.
    • SWCD will work to obtain funding for agricultural and non-agricultural BMPs to be installed in the Dutch Hollow Brook watershed.
  3. Encourage the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspector to visit properties in Tompkins County in search of problem septic systems.
    • The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Committee will make this a priority with the new watershed inspector/steward position.
  4. Pet waste
    • Cayuga County Parks and Trails (Parks) will provide collection stations at Emerson Park and install signage that it is a violation to leave dog waste.
  5. Waterfowl
    • Parks will encourage harassment of waterfowl and encourage/promote hunting at Emerson Park.