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DEC: Discoloration on Owasco Lake not harmful algal blooms

DEC: Discoloration on Owasco Lake not harmful algal blooms
An unidentified green discoloration on much of Owasco Lake seen earlier this week is not a harmful algal bloom, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday. The DEC's Finger Lakes Watershed Hub first collected samples from the discoloration after it was reported Monday July 30. Testing performed on the samples did not find any evidence of the cyanobacteria that... more

Celebrating water and life: OWLA hosts 11th Owasco Lake Day Festival

Celebrating water and life: OWLA hosts 11th Owasco Lake Day Festival
There is something special about gliding along Owasco Lake, and the Owasco Watershed Lake Association wants to share the experience with the community. On Sunday, OWLA hosted its 11th annual Owasco Lake Day, but this year, its second on Deauville Island at Emerson Park, the OWLA added the word “festival” to the event, explained Rick Nelson, chairman of the planning... more

LATEST: Fleming man charged with BWI after two hurt in Owasco Lake accident

LATEST: Fleming man charged with BWI after two hurt in Owasco Lake accident
Sheriff David Gould reports that on Sunday at approximately 6:11 pm the Cayuga County E-911 Center received a call of a personal injury boating accident, which had occurred on Owasco Lake in the Town of Fleming. The investigation into that accident revealed that Frank R. McKay, 57, of Fleming was the operator of a 1988 Harris 28 ft pontoon boat... more

DEC ‘pursuing’ Owasco dairy farm for clean water violations

DEC ‘pursuing’ Owasco dairy farm for clean water violations
An Owasco dairy farm previously cited for worker housing conditions is also being investigated by the state for violating clean water regulations. In February, four adults and five children moved out of the workers’ house at Melrose Farm after a town of Owasco cease-and-desist order was issued to the farm’s owner, Joe Tidd, due to unsafe conditions at the living... more

More details revealed in Nature Conservancy’s $1.5 million Owasco Lake project

More details revealed in Nature Conservancy’s $1.5 million Owasco Lake project
The Nature Conservancy plans to acquire or restore over $1.2 million worth of land in the Owasco Lake watershed to protect water quality, part of an approximately $1.5 million project that relies heavily on state funding. The conservancy was awarded over $1.1 million in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council announcement in December, one of the largest grants in... more

Keith Batman enters Assembly race to challenge Finch

Keith Batman enters Assembly race to challenge Finch
Keith Batman, a former chair of the Cayuga County Legislature and past Scipio town official, has formally announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination in the 126th Assembly District race. Batman created a campaign committee last month but said at the time he hadn't made a final decision on whether he would run for state Assembly. Nearly two weeks... more

UPDATE: Thousands without power in Auburn-area Wednesday evening

UPDATE: Thousands without power in Auburn-area Wednesday evening
Thousands were without power around Auburn as of 8 p.m. Reports began circulating around 7:30 p.m. that locations along the Arterial in Cayuga County — starting in the City of Auburn were without power. It’s unclear what caused the power outage. NYSEG said 3,510 were without power at the time. NYSEG was estimating that power would be restored in all... more

Algae-fighting buoys may be too costly for Owasco Lake

Algae-fighting buoys may be too costly for Owasco Lake
A $1.2 million proposal to scatter about 30 ultrasonic buoys at the northern end of Owasco Lake to combat harmful algae may be too costly to implement, at least for now, local officials said Thursday. LG Sonic, a company out of the Netherlands, presented its buoy system to members of the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council last month. Cyanobacteria, the... more

Owasco Lake watershed’s management plan could be complete by July 2019

Owasco Lake watershed’s management plan could be complete by July 2019
The Owasco Lake Watershed Nine Element Plan has hit a couple of milestones this year, paving the way to its first round of public feedback set for this fall. A 9E Plan outlines ways to improve water quality by identifying where different pollutants are coming from and how to reduce them. Owasco Lake’s began at the end of 2016, following... more

Could sound waves keep harmful algal blooms from Owasco Lake?

Could sound waves keep harmful algal blooms from Owasco Lake?
They've worked in a New Jersey reservoir and a lake larger than Owasco Lake in Malaysia — ultra sonic buoys that keep harmful algal blooms at bay. Could it work in Owasco? A Netherlands company thinks so. LG Sonic gave an online presentation Tuesday to the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council about its system of buoys that project ultrasonic sound... more

Owasco Lake council elects new officers

Owasco Lake council elects new officers
The Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council, a nonprofit entity created by the city of Auburn, town of Owasco and Cayuga County, elected new officers to its corporation Tuesday morning. Owasco Town Supervisor Ed Wagner was re-elected chair. County Legislator Aileen McNabb-Coleman was elected vice-chair. Auburn City Councilor Debby McCormick was elected secretary. The Citizen: Read More more

Cayuga County to state’s U.S. reps: Change FEMA’s mind about disaster declaration denial

Cayuga County to state’s U.S. reps: Change FEMA’s mind about disaster declaration denial
Cayuga County thinks the Federal Emergency Management Agency was wrong to dismiss a disaster declaration for the southern end of the county, and is calling on state representatives to fix it. Heavy rains pummeled the Moravia area with two storms between July 1 through 14, causing nearly $4 million in damage. Despite meeting its threshold for federal aid, in December... more

Owasco, Cayuga, Skaneateles lakes’ harmful algal bloom summit kicks off

Owasco, Cayuga, Skaneateles lakes’ harmful algal bloom summit kicks off
Skaneateles, Owasco and Cayuga lakes took the spotlight Monday at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in the second of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's four harmful algal bloom summits statewide. The summits are part of a $65 million proposal in the state budget to fund watershed plans for 12 priority lakes across the state at $500,000 each. Remaining funds are... more

Owasco farm under investigation for worker living conditions

Owasco farm under investigation for worker living conditions
Nicole Catalfano said she wanted to cry. Four adults and five children have been living in squalor on a dairy farm in Owasco since December, and Catalfano helped them pack up their belongings Friday and leave. With temperatures dropping and a light sprinkle falling, young women and children carried out hampers and trash bags filled with food and clothes through... more
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