Low lake levels reveal a messy Owasco Inlet and bay

Low winter lake levels have revealed more side effects of summer flooding events — a very muddy, debris- and foam-filled inlet at the southern end of Owasco Lake.

Owasco Lake Watershed Specialist Andrew Snell took drone photos of the inlet on Jan. 29, showing a sediment plume billowing into the lake surrounded by a soupy white foam. Parts of trees are scattered at the mouth and into the lake, too.

The trees are trapped in the sediment, but Snell said if the waters start to rise, currents could move them into other areas of the lake where they could become a public safety hazard and cause damage to boats.

The fact that there are trees littering the bay, too, shows how much streambank erosion is playing a part at the inlet.

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