Announcements



DEC Announces Talk on Avoiding Nuisance Bears

last update: March 25, 2019

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will give a presentation on black bears and how to avoid nuisance bear encounters on Wednesday, April 3, at 6 p.m. at the Frederick Carder Elementary School, 289 State St., Corning. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The discussion will include information about black bear ecology and behavior, as well as steps residents can take to avoid conflicts with bears.


Black bears have increased in number and range across all of southern New York State, including the Southern Tier over the past 35 years. This has led to an increase in the number of bear conflicts in the area.

For information about reducing human-bear conflicts, visit DEC's website.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/77537.html




DEC Reminds Ice Anglers to Remove Fishing Shanties

last update: March 14, 2019

All ice fishing shanties must be removed from ice on water bodies by March 15. Shanties that fall partially through the ice may be difficult to remove and also create hazards for snowmobiles and other motorized vehicles on the ice. Shanties that remain after the ice has melted away (ice out) also present navigation hazards for boats.

State regulations that require ice shanties to be removed are based on the average date when good ice still exists on waters, not on the actual thickness of ice. Shanties must be removed by March 15 even if the ice on a water body is still thick.

DEC can ticket shanty owners who don't remove their shanties, and they face a maximum possible fine of $100.

Note: After March 15, ice fishing shanties can be taken on and off the ice when in use, but cannot be left empty on the ice.




NO residential Brush Burning in NYS 3/16-5/14

last update: March 12, 2019

DEC today reminds residents that with spring approaching, conditions for wildfires will become heightened, and residential brush burning is prohibited March 16 through May 14 across New York State.


Violators of the state's open burning regulation are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions, with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense. To report environmental law violations call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332), or report online on DEC's website.

For more information, visit DEC's Learn Before You Burn web page.




Keuka Ice

last update: March 10, 2019

View Keuka and ice


http://eosweb.ssec.wisc.edu/browse_images/terra/2014/065/2014-03-06_1604-1614_HITH_010403_QKM.jpg




Life Jacket Use Reminder

last update: November 8, 2018

Reminder for Lake recreational users.

All persons on board a recreational vessel less than 21 feet in length (including canoes, kayaks, and rowboats) must wear a USCG approved life jacket (PFD) from November 1 to May 1. Stay safe




Volunteer Lake Protectors Needed

last update: July 24, 2018

Watercraft Stewards
Work alongside our paid Watercraft Stewards for as few or as many two-hour shifts as you’d like on Friday-Monday at the boat launch of your choice (Penn Yan Village, Keuka Lake State Park, Urbana).

Stream Team
Help monitor the water quality of the streams that empty into Keuka Lake in order to help us gain a better understanding of the water quality of the Lake. There are two different options for this program:
1) Do you have a stream running through your property, or is your lake house adjacent to the mouth of a stream? You can help monitor the stream’s water quality! Conduct visual inspections of the stream’s water quality throughout the summer and record your observations on a form provided by the KLA.
2) Help collect water samples for laboratory analysis from designated locations in streams in the Keuka Lake watershed.

Shoreline Monitoring
Monitor your lakefront property shoreline or public shoreline on a regular basis to watch for signs of harmful algal blooms.

Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring
We need eyes on the Lake! Help monitor aquatic invasive species in Keuka Lake and the Outlet, and help us watch out for any new infestations. Monitoring can occur from the shore or by boat. Equipment provided.




2018 KL Water Quality Summit Presentations 8/20

last update: January 3, 2019

Water Quality Summit held 8/20/18 at Keuka College: 1. 2018 Keuka Lake Water Quality Summit -Agenda,  2. Finger Lakes Institute-Keuka Lake  3. Keuka Lake History, Current Status & What We Don't Know, 4. New Lake Monitoring Programs, 5. NYSDEC Vision and Approach 9E Planning




HAB Info and Reporting

last update: August 21, 2018

From:
Tim Sellers, PhD
Associate Provost for Academic Innovation
Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
Director, Center for Aquatic Research
KLA Science/ Water Quality Advisor
Keuka College

Dear KLA Members,
The beginning of August coincided with the first reports of possible cyanobacteria (or “blue green algae”) in Keuka Lake. With these outbreaks (or “blooms”), there can be many different types of these algae, and many can be harmful; collectively we refer to these as HABs (or harmful algal blooms).
Testing is currently underway to determine the identification and possible toxicity of samples from the lake. We expect to bring you more information in the future.
There is a great deal of information about HABs, but a common problem in today’s internet-mediated world is not getting enough information (there’s too much!), but sifting through and getting the right information. To this end, the KLA would like to recommend three “starter” websites that you can go to and get clear, relevant, and up-to-date information about HABs. The first 2 sites are from the NY Department of the Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the third is from the NYS Department of Health (DOH).


Please use these sites as your first stop:
 
1. Good overview and up-to-date info on HABs and actions: 

2. A one-page brochure with quick info and pics: www.dec.ny.gov/docs/water_pdf/habsbrochure.pdf

3. A one-page brochure from DOH with quick info and pics:
health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/bluegreenalgae/

Note: The first website listed has a link to report the possible HAB to the DEC under "Report It!”. You can fill out a form and email it and post a picture to the DEC. The DEC then notifies our KLA CSLAP representative, Maria Hudson, to take a sample which provides results in a few days.





Sky Lanterns' Danger

last update: March 12, 2019

With the July 4th and Labor Day holiday weekends the tradition of lighting flares around the Finger Lakes also brings more use of SKY LANTERNS. The Yates County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol will be on our county waterways.

“These are a recognized fire hazard by NYS Fire Prevention and Control and state code calls for when they are used to be tethered,” said Sheriff Ron Spike, “We have previously had fires caused by the landing of lanterns doing damage when still lit.”

This is a safety issue in the interest of keeping everyone safe and not recklessly causing unwanted fires.






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