Owasco Watershed Rules and Regulations

Project Update

The Owasco Lake Watershed Rules & Regulations (“WSRR”) Update Project is an important water quality initiative being undertaken by the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council on behalf of the City of Auburn and the Town of Owasco, the two water purveyors sourcing and distributing public water supply from Owasco Lake.

The project goal is to update and revise the 1984 Owasco Lake Watershed Rules and Regulations, through a thoughtful and engaged public participation process resulting in effective and equitable watershed regulations that will help to improve, protect and preserve water quality within Owasco Lake and it’s 205-square mile watershed for the benefit of current and future generations.

The Project, initiated in the spring of 2017 and following numerous public and stakeholder meetings and including an approximate three-month public comment period in 2019, reached an important milestone – presentation of the Final Draft Watershed Rules & Regulations to the Auburn City Council and Owasco Town Board was on October 29, 2020.  The joint meeting was scheduled to allow the respective boards to consider support for the adoption of updated Watershed Rules and Regulations for Owasco Lake and its nearly 205-square mile watershed.  Both the Auburn City Council and Owasco Town Board supported the adoption of the final draft WSRR.

The next step in the process is transmittal of the draft and support resolutions to the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Public Water Supply Protection, initiating the required state review process.

October 29, 2020 Joint Meeting- Project Final Draft and Reference Materials

In addition to the Project Reference Materials included in the links below, a single PDF Reference Document containing the Final Draft WSRR and Related Reference Materials can be found here.  This PDF includes:

  • Overview of Project Background, Meetings, Public Participation
  • Final Draft WSRR approved by Steering Committee March 12, 2020
  • Categorized Summary of Public Comments Received during 2019 Public Comment Period and Staff Working Group Responses
  • Copy of 1984 (current) Watershed Rules & Regulations

Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

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