Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council

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  • Leslie Baxter, Town Council Member
    Town of Scipio
  • Joan Jayne, Town Supervisor
    Town of Niles
  • Debra McCormick, City Councilor
    City of Auburn
  • Aileen McNabb-Coleman, County Legislator
    Cayuga County
  • Don Oltz, Town Supervisor
    Town of Fleming
  • Mary Alice Stetz, Town Council Member
    Town of Locke
  • Ed Wagner, Town Supervisor
    Town of Owasco

Ex Officio Members

  • Cayuga County Board of Health
  • Cayuga County Environmental Health
  • Cayuga County Planning and Economic Development'
  • Cayuga County Soil and Water
  • Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency
  • City of Auburn Chief Operator for Water Treatment Plant
  • Owasco Watershed and Lake Association


The Mission of the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council is to coordinate actions for protecting and restoring the health of Owasco Lake and its watershed to ensure that Owasco Lake will serve as a source of public drinking water, a recreational asset, an economic driver, and an important natural resource for the well-being of watershed residents and those who benefit from its protection now and for future generations.


It is the Council’s vision that its membership will eventually be populated by representatives of all of the municipalities within the watershed. As we continue to grow as a Council, we will be able to learn from each other, share ideas, and overcome barriers. Using our collective voices and resources, we will be positioned to obtain grant funding for the implementation of watershed protection projects.


The Council:

  • Actively monitors and evaluates the general health of the waters of Owasco Lake and its watershed
  • Supports research in the watershed to help identify problem areas
  • Works on implementing projects by partnering with various agencies including the New York State Department of 
  • Environmental Conservation, the Finger Lakes Institute, Owasco Watershed and Lake Association
  • Directs the Inspection Program to identify and stop activities within the watershed that may result in a decrease of water quality.
  • Looks to implement educational programs that will increase public awareness about the responsible care and protection of the watershed.

Reporting Watershed Concerns

Incorporation Documents & By-laws 

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