Announcements



LAKE FRIENDLY LIVING AWARENESS WEEK 5/2-5/8

last update: April 3, 2021

LAKE FRIENDLY LIVING AWARENESS WEEK OFFERS FREE VIRTUAL EDUCATION SESSIONS AND RESOURCES TO ALL WHO LIVE IN THE FINGER LAKES REGION. EXPERTS WILL PRESENT THROUGHOUT THE WEEK ON TOPICS THAT RESONATE WITH OUR GOALS. THE EDUCATION SESSIONS ARE DESIGNED TO INFORM AND EMPOWER WATERSHED RESIDENTS TO MAKE CHANGES TO HELP PROTECT THE LAKE.
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN ALL WEBINARS THAT INTEREST YOU.

https://www.flrwa.org/lake-friendly-living





2021 KLA & LCC Golf Tournament 7/12/21

2021 KLA & LCC Golf Tournament 7/12/21

last update: April 4, 2021

The 2nd Annual KLA & LCC Golf Tournament will be held July 12th at Lakeside Country Club and will benefit both the KLA and LCC. See entry below for for details.


9 AM Registration 10 AM Shotgun Start
$100/Person $400/Team
Includes: tee prize, lunch, drinks on the course, appetizers & prizes following golf
HOLE"IN-ONE ON #9 WINS A BOAT!!
Name & Phone Number:
1. ______________________________ ______________________
2.______________________________ ______________________
3.______________________________ ______________________
4.______________________________ ______________________

Checks can be made out to Keuka Lake Association and mailed to PO Box 35, Penn Yan, NY 14527. Indicate “KLA-LCC” on your check.
Corporate & personal hole sponsorship is available. Call 315-694-7324.
All proceeds benefit the Keuka Lake Association and Lakeside Country Club.




Open Burning in NYS

last update: March 21, 2021

Open Burning is banned in NYS from 3-16 to 5-14.
Help prevent brush/forest fires!!




Be on the Lookout for Amphibians Crossing the Road

last update: April 1, 2021

With the arrival of spring temperatures, amphibians have begun their annual migrations to woodland pools to breed. Often, they must cross roads to reach these pools. In New York, this migration usually occurs on rainy nights in late March and early April, when the night air temperature is above 40F. When these conditions exist there can be explosive, "big night" migrations, with hundreds of amphibians on the move. Volunteers can help document these locations and help amphibians like wood frogs, spotted salamanders, American toads, or spring peepers safely cross the road. Drivers on New York roads are encouraged to proceed with caution or avoid travel on the first warm, rainy evenings of the season. Amphibians come out after nightfall and are slow-moving; mortality can be high even on low-traffic roads. 




WANTED! Watercraft Stewards

last update: April 8, 2021

Love the Finger Lakes? Become a Watercraft Steward & get paid to help protect them! Summer 2021

Position: Watercraft Steward
Locations: Keuka Lake launches including the Village of Penn Yan, Keuka Lake State Park, and Town of Urbana
Time: 40 hrs/week, Memorial Day Weekend through September 30th*; must work weekends and holidays; seasonal (summer) position; *reduced/flexible hours beginning mid-August
Pay: $13.50 per hour; non-benefits-eligible position

Job Description: The Watercraft Stewards will be responsible for public outreach and education on slowing and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. Under supervision of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Yates County Natural Resources Educator, Watercraft Stewards will offer watercraft inspections, provide educational information about aquatic invasive species, and protocol for preventing their spread at public launches. Watercraft inspections involve removal of plants and other organic material from boats and trailers and identifying aquatic invasive species. Watercraft Stewards will collect daily data from their interactions with watercraft users using tablets and electronic data-entry software.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Perform watercraft inspections, collect data from inspections, and enter data electronically.
• Conduct public outreach programs about the spread of invasive species at watercraft launch sites.
• Disseminate educational information, press releases, and other materials as requested.
• Participate in service events and tasks such as invasive species pulls, Invasive Species Awareness Week, etc.
• Attend two-day hybrid training session conducted online and at the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) in Geneva, NY.
QUALIFICATIONS:
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills. Must have the ability to successfully and clearly present information and ideas to a diverse audience, and to react in a positive, proactive manner in confrontational circumstances.
• College students or recent graduates with experience in environmental science, natural resources or related field is preferred.
• Familiarity with aquatic invasive species and the Finger Lakes region is preferred.
• Ability to work independently and responsibly without direct supervision.
• Valid Driver's license. Must provide own transportation to work sites and meeting locations.
• Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion, long hours in the sun, and traveling if necessary.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please email resume to Natural Resources Educator, Laura Bailey at lb698@cornell.edu or mail to CCE Yates, 417 Liberty St., Suite 1024, Attn: Laura Bailey, Penn Yan, NY 14527. If you need additional information, please email or call (315) 536-5123.




Wanted: LEAD Watercraft Steward

last update: April 8, 2021

Position: Lead Watercraft Steward/Coordinator
Locations: Keuka Lake launches including the Village of Penn Yan, Keuka Lake State Park, and Town of Urbana
Time: 40 hrs/week, Memorial Day Weekend through September 30th*; must work weekends and holidays; seasonal (summer) position; *reduced/flexible hours beginning mid-August
Pay: $14.00 per hour; non-benefits-eligible position

Job Description: The Watercraft Stewards will be responsible for public outreach and education on slowing and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. Under supervision of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Yates County Natural Resources Educator, Watercraft Stewards will offer watercraft inspections, provide educational information about aquatic invasive species, and protocol for preventing their spread at public launches. Watercraft inspections involve removal of plants and other organic material from boats and trailers and identifying aquatic invasive species. Watercraft Stewards will collect daily data from their interactions with watercraft users using tablets and electronic data-entry software.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Perform watercraft inspections, collect data from inspections, and enter data electronically.
• Conduct public outreach programs about the spread of invasive species at watercraft launch sites.
• Schedule Watercraft Steward shifts and record and report watercraft steward hours.
• Ensure that Watercraft Stewards have the proper supplies.
• Ensure that Watercraft Stewards enter their field data correctly and in a timely manner.
• Disseminate educational information, press releases, and other materials as requested.
• Provide additional assistance and training to Watercraft Stewards as needed.
• Participate in service events and tasks such as invasive species pulls, Invasive Species Awareness Week, etc.
• Attend two-day hybrid training session conducted online and at the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) in Geneva, NY.
QUALIFICATIONS:
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills. Must have the ability to successfully and clearly present information and ideas to a diverse audience, and to react in a positive, proactive manner in confrontational circumstances.
• College students or recent graduates with experience in environmental science, natural resources or related field is preferred.
• Familiarity with aquatic invasive species and the Finger Lakes region is preferred.
• Ability to work independently and responsibly without direct supervision.
• Ability to supervise others, including managing schedules, communicating duties, and managing conflicts.
• Valid Driver's license. Must provide own transportation to work sites and meeting locations.
• Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion, long hours in the sun, and traveling if necessary.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please email resume to Natural Resources Educator, Laura Bailey at lb698@cornell.edu or mail to CCE Yates, 417 Liberty St., Suite 1024, Attn: Laura Bailey, Penn Yan, NY 14527. If you need additional information, please email or call (315) 536-5123.




Seneca-Keuka Watershed Partnership Newsletter- NEW

last update: March 25, 2021


https://senecawatershedio.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/seneca-keuka-watershed-partnership-september-newsletter-1.pdf


https://senecawatershedio.files.wordpress.com/2021/03/seneca-keuka-watershed-partnership-march-newsletter.pdf




NEW Fishing Info - sportfish, trout sampling

last update: March 12, 2021

Fishing Regulation Reminder
To protect our
cool water sportfish species during their spawning season, the open season for northern pike, pickerel, tiger muskellunge and walleye closes on March 15. Rest assured, they'll be back when their season reopens on May 1. (1st Saturday in May per statewide angling regulations)

No Rainbow Trout Sampling Events This Year for Finger Lakes Tributaries
The 2021 rainbow trout sampling events for Naples Creek in Ontario County and Cold Brook in Steuben County will not be held as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

These events having gained in popularity over the years and often draw large crowds. Ensuring the safety of staff and attendees is first and foremost. We're hopeful these public events will resume in 2022.




Wanted: Volunteers for Macrophyte Survey Program

Wanted: Volunteers for Macrophyte Survey Program

last update: March 11, 2021

For more info, visit fingerlakesinvasives.org/invasive-survey




Free Trees for Streamside Property Owners

last update: March 15, 2021

DEC's Buffer in a Bag program provides organizations and private landowners with free tree and shrub seedlings to help establish or improve a stream buffer on their property. Each buffer in a bag includes several different native species and must be planted alongside a stream, river, or lake.

This year, each recipient will receive 25 bare-root, native tree and shrub seedlings, including red oak, ninebark, winterberry, silky dogwood, and witch hazel. Supplies are limited so be sure to sign up today by visiting our Buffer in a Bag webpage! Applications accepted while supplies last or until April 12.

Plantings alongside waterbodies help support wildlife and improve water quality. Interested in learning more about the nearly-endless benefits of stream buffers? Check out our stream buffer factsheet (PDF).
https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/115903.html




NYS Rules for Buoys & Other Objects in lake

last update: October 8, 2020

With the advent of the 5.200 program to publicize the 5 mph speed zone within 200 feet of docks, shore and anchored objects, we have had a number of questions about placing buoys in the lake to mark the 5mph boundary in the water. For any buoy or floating object beyond 100’ from shore, a floating object permit issued by NYS Parks and Recreation is required on all waters in NYS except the tide waters of Nassau and Suffolk County. A floating object could be anything from a mooring buoy to an environmental quality monitoring buoy and speed control buoys must conform to the NYS Navigational Aid markings https://parks.ny.gov/recreation/boating/safe-boating/navigational-aids.aspx

More information can be found at https://parks.ny.gov/recreation/boating/navigation-law.aspx#floatingobjects , this web page includes links to the floating object rules and regulations https://parks.ny.gov/documents/recreation/boating/FloatingObjectRulesRegs.pdf and the permit application form https://parks.ny.gov/documents/recreation/boating/FloatingObjectApplicationUpdatedAugust2017.pdf

Note that the permit application includes a requirement for a “Letter of No Objection” from the local Marine Enforcement authority which on Keuka Lake are the Steuben and Yates County Sheriff’s Marine patrols. Marker buoys are by design a warning or a visual aid that people see and respond to. If too many people put a buoy in the water, it may lead to the situation that none will be actually recognized for the places where they are really needed to prevent hazards to navigation. If you are considering applying for a permit, a good first step would be to consult with the marine patrol to see if they will approve your request.

You should also be aware that placement of floating objects and docks within 100 feet of shore is subject to the Uniform Dock and Mooring Law in each of the towns surrounding the lake. A summary of the law is available on the KLA web page https://www.keukalakeassociation.org/post.php?id=25  




Buy Firewood where you burn it!!!

last update: June 30, 2020

Protect the lake by protecting the trees!
Visiting Keuka Lake this summer and going to have some mores? Enjoy! But please, don't bring firewood (and hidden invasive species) with you.

Buy firewood where you burn it!
Moving untreated firewood is one of the main ways invasive pests and diseases spread to new areas. Many people take wood from their properties as they head out to camp, hunt, etc., but most don't realize their wood may be hiding the eggs, larvae, spores, adults, or even seeds of invasive threats. Transporting infested firewood allows invasives to spread further and faster than they would have on their own.
• Untreated firewood may not be imported into NY from any other state or country.
• Untreated firewood grown in NY may not be transported more than 50 miles (linear distance) from its source or origin unless it has been heat-treated to 71° C (160° F) for 75 minutes.





Harmful Algal Bloom Notifications

last update: May 29, 2020

Harmful Algal Bloom Notifications

DEC’s harmful algal bloom (HABs) notification season has begun. HABs notifications will be updated through the fall using an online reporting and notification system dubbed NYHABS. The system includes an interactive map that shows reports of freshwater HABs, as well as a new public reporting system. Instructions on how to use NYHABS are on DEC's HABs notification page.

Know it: If you see a HAB, please use the reporting form to submit a report to NYHABS. https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/83310.htm

Avoid it: Because waterbodies may have HABs that have not been reported to DEC, we recommend avoiding contact with floating mats, scums and discolored water.

Report it: If you, your family, or pet has been in contact with a HAB, please rinse with clean water and report any symptoms to your local health department. 




Harmful Algal Blooms and Invasive Mussels

last update: March 6, 2020


Harmful Algal Blooms and Invasive Mussels
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Seneca Falls Community Center, 35 Water St Seneca Falls, New York 13148

Harmful Algal Blooms and Invasive Mussels - What’s the Connection?

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Seneca County, Seneca County Soil & Water Conservation District and Seneca County Farm Bureau as they host a community conversation about harmful algal blooms and invasive mussels on Tuesday, March 31 from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Seneca Falls Community Center.


Go this site for more Info: https://events.cornell.edu/event/harmful_algal_blooms_and_invasive_mussels




HAB Info and Reporting

last update: March 11, 2021

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.





Are there HAB's near my lake address?

last update: August 15, 2019

1. Go to: ARCGIS Map
 The side bar explains the map and how to use it and also gives links for more information.

2. To find out if any HABs have been reported: type in your address of interest in the search bar in the top right hand corner or zoom in the map or tap on a dot.

3. TO REPORT any HABs you may suspect : scroll down the side bar to "Report a HAB" and click on the link to fill out the form.

4. IMPORTANT ! PLEASE AVOID a suspected bloom !! Samples should only be taken by trained volunteer Shoreline Monitors or CSLAP volunteers. 

-Email Laura Bailey (lb698@cornell.edu) or Maria Hudson (mwhudsn4@gmail.com) with your address to find out if someone is available to take a sample,
-Include pictures and a contact phone number and we will try to respond with a trained volunteer in your area,
-Please understand that the DEC can identify and post a suspected HAB based on photos, there is a high correlation between suspected and confirmed blooms




Keuka Lake Harmful Algal Bloom Map

last update: August 15, 2019

Within the map (HAB Interactive Map), click on yellow points for more information.




Protect you Pets from toxic algae

last update: August 15, 2019

Reports of dogs getting sick or dying after swimming in ponds, lakes, and streams are more common during the summer months. Please share with your friends and family to prevent more tragedies for happening.

Dogs can be exposed to toxins by skin contact with water contaminated with cyanobacteria or toxin(s), when swallowing water while playing in the water, or by licking it off fur or hair. If you suspect your dog has been exposed to a toxic algal bloom, please seek immediate veterinary care.

Below are useful resources on what are harmful algal blooms, how dogs can be affected, and how to protect your pet from toxins.

EPA’s Video Protect Your Pooch from Harmful Algal Blooms
CDC’s Reference Brochure for Veterinarians
New York Sea Grant Guide on Harmful Algal Blooms and Dogs

Please visit the EPA page on How to Keep your Dog Safe from Toxic Algae for more information.

To learn more about cyanobacteria and their toxins please visit the EPA website Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms (CyanoHABs) in Water Bodies





DEC recommends "0" Lawn Fertilizer

last update: April 16, 2019

Look for the zero! Before buying lawn fertilizer, check the bag for a set of three numbers showing the percentage of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Buy a bag with a "0" in the middle to protect...

NO PHOSPHORUS! WATCH THIS VIDEO:
https://www.facebook.com/NYSDEC/videos/2226032524314961/?v=2226032524314961




Sky Lanterns' Danger

last update: August 15, 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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