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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 S’mores? Enjoy! But please, don’t bring firewood (and hidden invasive species) with you.

Buy firewood where you burn it!
NYSDEC " 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.





SKY LANTERN SAFETY

SKY LANTERN SAFETY

last update: June 26, 2020


Yates County Sheriff’s Office
Penn Yan, New York 14527
Ronald G. Spike, Sheriff
315-536-4438 " sheriff@yatescounty.org

PRESS RELEASE

Date: June 26, 2020

SKY LANTERN SAFETY

With this Independence Day July 4th holiday weekend the tradition of lighting flares and use of fireworks (some legal and some not) around the Finger Lakes also brings increased use of SKY LANTERNS. The Yates County Sheriff’s Office has had inquiries regarding the relationship of the Fire Code and sky lantern safety. Sheriff’s Patrols will be on our county highways and Marine Patrols on waterways responding to these complaints.

“These are recognized as a recreational fire hazard by NYS Fire Prevention and Control and state fire code calls for when they are used to be anchored or tethered, as they require constant attention for the safety of persons and property nearby,” said Sheriff Ron Spike, “We have previously had fires on adjacent lake property caused by the landing of lanterns doing damage when still lit.”

This is an issue in the interest of keeping everyone safe and not recklessly causing unwanted fires, contrary to the NYS Fire Code.




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Firewood & Invasive Pests

last update: June 28, 2020

Firewood and Invasive Pests
Protect Our Trees! - Use Local Firewood
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. In 2009, a regulation (leaves DEC website) was enacted to prevent this accidental and often long-distance spread by limiting the transport of firewood.

The New York State Firewood Regulation
Van with firewood strapped to the back driving on road
Vehicle transporting firewood that could contain
tree-killing invasive pests
The regulation pertains to all species of wood, cut or not cut, split or not split, that is destined for use as fuel. Logs would only be subject to the regulation if their intended use is as firewood.

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.
When transporting firewood, the following documentation is required:
If transporting untreated firewood cut for personal use (i.e. not for sale) you must fill out a Self-Issued Certificate of Origin (PDF).
If purchasing and transporting untreated firewood, it must have a receipt or label that identifies the firewood source. NOTE! Source is sometimes, but not always, the same as where it was purchased. Consumers need to use the source to determine how far the firewood may be transported.
If purchasing and transporting heat-treated firewood, it must have a receipt or label that says, "New York Approved Heat-Treated Firewood/Pest Free". This is the producers' declaration that the firewood meets New York's heat-treatment requirements. Most "kiln-drying" processes meet the standard, but not all, so it is important to look for the appropriate label. Heat-treated firewood may be moved unrestricted.
How to Find Out if Your Destination is within Regulation Distance when Transporting Untreated Firewood
Visit our interactive map (leaves DEC website) to see if your destination is within regulation distance. This map should be used on a desktop computer or tablet. A mobile-friendly version is coming soon.

If your destination is within an acceptable distance, you must fill out a Self-Issued Certificate of Origin (PDF).




The Keuka Lake Association is not on "PAUSE"

last update: June 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:

  • Water quality - including overall lake water quality and inflow stream monitoring
  • HABs (Harmful Alga Blooms) shoreline monitoring
  • Navigation and Recreation safe boating programs

The KLA Annual meeting will be a ZOOM meeting on July 11. Info will be sent to members.idelines  A similar format MAY be  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. 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. 




COVID-19

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




Buoys On Keuka Lake Explained!

last update: June 19, 2020

ATTENTION: KEUKA LAKE ANGLERS AND BOATERS

When boating and angling on Keuka Lake this year, please be on the lookout for white buoys with fluorescent green 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.

The research project was initiated in 2018 as part of a cooperative effort by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), United States Geological Service (USGS), and Cornell University to study post-stocking survival and habitat use of cisco. Over the last two years, approximately 195,000 ciscoes were stocked as part of an experimental program to reestablish this native forage fish in Keuka Lake. Cisco were once abundant in the lake but have not been found since the mid-1990s. Since that time, lake conditions have become more favorable for cisco. A portion of stocked ciscoes have been implanted with small acoustic tags to track movements and survival of these fish. The buoys are attached to receivers placed on the lake bottom in waters generally more than 90 feet to pick up signals from the acoustic tags as cisco swim by. These receivers are anchored to the bottom of the lake. Interfering with the acoustic equipment will jeopardize research results.

Anglers, please be aware that if you are fishing within 150 feet of these buoys, it is possible that fishing gear may get entangled in equipment used to anchor the buoys to the bottom.


In addition, if anglers catch a cisco or notice one in a stomach while cleaning your catch, please save it and contact DEC at 585-226-5343, or USGS at 315-730-0096. Arrangements will be made to collect it. Information provided by this research will be utilized for future management decisions in Keuka Lake and other lakes throughout New York and the U.S. If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact us at the numbers listed above. Thank you for your cooperation.




KLA-LCC Golf Tournament NEW DATE August 31, 2020

last update: June 7, 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: https://events.cornell.edu/event/harmful_algal_blooms_and_invasive_mussels




NYS - Brianna's law Has Been Signed

last update: August 15, 2019

Motorboats:

  • 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

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.





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





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...

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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