Owasco Lake Asian Clam Task Force Meeting Notes

Owasco Lake Asian Clam Task Force Meeting Notes July 1, 2011

Attendees: Bob Brower, Dick Coalson, Anthony DeCaro, Kara Mariano, Dave MacNeill, Bruce Natale, Jessica Reinhart, Alessandro Valle, Ed Wagner, Michele Wunderlich

  1. Announcements and Introductions

    Michele Wunderlich announced the iMapInvasives training will be held on July 20th at the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah. She stated that she would send the information to the Task Force by email. Alessandro Valle was introduced as one of the two summer watershed inspectors.


  2. Analysis Committee Report

    Bob Brower reported that he completed the final draft of the "Pre-Survey Report on Asian Clams in Owasco Lake," will post it on the Owasco Watershed Network webpage and will send it to the Cayuga County WQMA.

    Bruce Natale reported he tried to get three quotes for conducting diving surveys for Asian clam on Owasco Lake from the three groups (Darrin Fresh Water Institute, InnerSpace Scientific Diving and Scientific Diving International) that did the surveys in Lake George, but they submitted one proposal as a group, which totals just under $10,000. Ed Wagner stated that he would look at getting funds to conduct this work. Bob Brower made a motion to move forward on working on finding funding for the proposal submitted by the Darrin Fresh Water Institute, InnerSpace Scientific Diving and Scientific Diving International. Anthony DeCaro seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

    Dave MacNeill stated that Dr. Alexander Karatayev and Dr. Lyubov Burlakova from Buffalo State College should be invited to collaborate. Dave MacNeill will also contact them to see if they would be willing to identify the unknown shells in the samples from the pre-survey.

    Bruce Natale discussed a second proposal from Watershed Assessment Associates for a biological assessment of Owasco Lake as well as possible additional zooplankton and hemimysis surveys. Several scope changes were discussed and the Task Force decided to wait on this proposal.


  3. Mitigation Committee Report

    The Mitigation Committee will meet at 9 am on July 7th.


  4. Education and Outreach Report

    Kara Mariano stated that she has an EcoTalk article written on Asian clam that will be published July 22nd in The Citizen and the PennySaver.


  5. Other

    Next meeting is preliminarily scheduled for July 13, 2011 at the Emerson Park boat launch picnic shelter in the morning.


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