The Keuka Lake Association is not on “PAUSE”

last update: April 26, 2020

The Keuka Lake Association (KLA) is reporting that during the “New York State on Pause” Executive Order they have continued to meet within the Department of Health (DOH) guidelines and plan for the 2020 summer season. Utilizing video and telephone conferences, with the help of Cornell Cooperative Extension, the KLA has been able to continue their program planning for the upcoming year and beyond.
The KLA has a strong membership base, community support and business partners, which has allowed the Association to maintain an extremely stable financial platform. The finances of the KLA support the following programs:
1. Water quality - including overall lake water quality and inflow stream monitoring
2. HABs (Harmful Alga Blooms) " shoreline monitoring
3. Navigation and Recreation " safe boating programs
The KLA is continuing to plan for their annual meeting (virtual or otherwise), which will be held (with permission of DOH) on July 11, 2020 tentatively at Keuka College. The meeting will held is accordance with guidelines established by the DOH and will be announced to the public, as the date approaches.
A similar format is being planned for the Water Quality Summit to be held in August 2020.

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.

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. 


last update: April 4, 2020

As the President of the Keuka Lake Association, I wish to extend our thoughts to all during this COVID-19 crisis and the hope you and your families are weathering the storm.

To help facilitate a favorable outcome for all, we ask that you follow any and all guidelines put in place by our local, state and federal agencies that would be designed to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

We will get through this and with all of us working in the same direction and, hopefully, it will be sooner rather than later. 

Dennis Carlson

Helpful Information from the CDC

last update: March 24, 2020

Orange Buoys On Keuka Lake Explained!

last update: February 7, 2020

When boating and angling on Keuka Lake this year, please be on the lookout for fluorescent orange buoys with flags throughout the lake. Solar-powered lights and reflective tape are attached to the buoys so they will also be visible at night. Up to 20 buoys will be located around the lake for two years as part of a research project.

read full details (PDF; 144KB)

KLA-LCC Golf Tournament NEW DATE August 31, 2020

last update: June 5, 2020

KLA-LCC Golf Tournament " Monday August 31, 2020

Keuka Lake Association in concert with Lakeside Country Club, has decided to delay our 2nd annual golf tournament until Monday August 31, 2020. Our sincere hope is that most of the Covid 19 precautions will have been relaxed and would allow for a traditional fun day at beautiful LCC. Also, as these our extraordinary times, this date adjustment will allow our many committed sponsors to steady the economics of their businesses and participate for a great cause. Thank you for your understanding and support and we look forward to your participation on August 31st.

Please join us for our 2nd Annual Golf Tournament!! The tournament is sponsored by the KLA and Lakeside County Club (LCC) sharing the benefits. Attached is an application for your foursome. Please send it with your check to KLA, PO Box 35, Penn Yan, NY 14527. If you have any questions, please call 315-694-7324.

Tournament Details (PDF; 201KB)

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:

NYS - Brianna's law Has Been Signed

last update: August 15, 2019


  • If you were born on or after May 1, 1996 you will need a boating safety certificate.
  • Under a new law known as Brianna's Law, all motor boat operators born on or after Jan. 1, 1993 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2020.
  • Those born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2022.
  • Those born on or after Jan. 1, 1983 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2023.
  • Those born on or after Jan. 1, 1978 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2024.
  • All motor boat operators regardless of age will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2025.

HAB Info and Reporting

last update: August 21, 2018

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:

3. A one-page brochure from DOH with quick info and pics:

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 ( or Maria Hudson ( 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

Cisco - DEC and Researcing Bait Fish

last update: July 25, 2019

For details go to Nav & Rec posts above.

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...


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.

To Preserve and Protect Keuka Lake