KWIC-KLOC Minutes 9-22-21

last update: October 22, 2021

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Spotted Lanternfly Webinar - 10/6

last update: October 3, 2021

You are invited!

Join the 225+ community, municipal, and business leaders already registered for our webinar: ‘Emergency Response to SLF’, Wednesday, October 6 from 10am-11:30 followed by an expert panel Q/A from 11:30-12pm. This program is approved for 1.5 Category 1 CFEs through SAF.

Register here:


10am-10:30 An overview of SLF. What it is, what is does, and why we are worried

Brian Eshenaur, Sr. Extension Associate, Cornell University and NYS IPM

10:30-11:00 NYS response to SLF- where it is currently, what is being done, and how we can mitigate the impacts

Thom Allgaier, Invasive Species Coordinator, NYS Dept. of Ag and Markets

11:00-11:30 A response plan to SLF. How to mobilize your community, develop and disseminate a communication plan, and engage stakeholders in the region

Linda Svoboda, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County; Judy Wright, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Seneca County; and Hilary R. Mosher, Coordinator for the Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management

11:30-12pm Detailed panel and Q/A session with experts

Linda Rohleder, PhD, Director of Land Stewardship for the NY-NJ Trails Conference and Lower Hudson PRISM Coordinator, Mitchell O'Neill, iMapInvasives and NY Natural Heritage Program, and Hans Walter-Peterson, Viticulture Specialist for Cornell University in the Finger Lakes region of New York.


Hilary R. Mosher,


Associate Director of Invasive Species Programs

Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Coordinator, Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (Finger Lakes PRISM)

601 S. Main Street, Geneva, NY 14456 (physical address)

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Swimmer struck - Sheriffs looking for info

last update: September 17, 2021

Office of the Sheriff
Steuben County

7007 Rumsey Street Ext.
Bath, New York 14810

James L. Allard John D. McNelis
Sheriff Undersheriff
Media Release: September 17, 2021
Boat Collision with Swimmer

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on September 14, 2021, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff™s Office responded to a report of a swimmer struck by a boat on Keuka Lake, in the Town of Wayne, New York.
Deputies interviewed the victim who stated he was swimming on his back at about 6:45pm near the eastern shore in the area of Keuka Village when a dark colored pontoon boat operating northbound boated directly over him causing injury to him. The victim stated the boat never stopped nor slowed. A witness reported that the boat operator was standing and did not appear to have observed striking the swimmer, continuing north from the scene of the collision.
The victim was treated and released at the scene. The only witness description of the boat or operator is that of a white male operating a dark colored pontoon boat. Sheriff Allard requests any information as to the identity of the boat or operator be reported to the Steuben County Sheriff™s Office at 607 622-3911 or by email to
Sheriff Allard and Yates County Sheriff Spike both remind boaters on Keuka Lake to observe the 5 MPH speed limit within 200 feet of shore and additionally remind swimmers to be alert of boating traffic and obstructions in the waterway. 

A Nine-Element plan - subj of 3 sessions

last update: September 15, 2021

WHAT: A Nine-Element plan will be the subject of three more public presentations
WHEN: Oct. 7, 2021: 10 a.m. at Yates County Office Building, 417 Liberty St., Penn Yan: Overview of draft recommendations
WHEN: Feb. 3, 2022: 10 a.m. at Watkins Glen Community Center, 155 S. Clute Park Dr., Watkins Glen: Review of the completed draft plan
WHEN: April 25, 2022: 6 p.m. at Yates County Office Building, 417 Liberty St., Penn Yan: Unveiling the final State-approved plan

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Caring for Your Trees After a Caterpillar Outbreak

last update: August 17, 2021

Do you have trees in your yard that were defoliated during the caterpillar outbreak this year? Most healthy trees can withstand a couple years of leaf loss from caterpillar damage. Long-term damage depends on the type of tree as well as how much defoliation took place:

a hardwood tree in summer with very few leavesHardwoods " A healthy leaf-bearing tree should have grown new leaves by now, though leaves may be smaller than usual. If your tree lost all its leaves and does not grow any new ones by summer's end, watch it in the spring. If it still does not leaf out next spring, it has died.
Conifers " If your needle-bearing trees lost more than 50 percent of their needles, there’s a good chance they probably won’t recover. Keep an eye on them in the coming seasons, and if you have concerns or think the tree could endanger a house if it were to fall, contact an arborist.

Losing lots of leaves in summer stresses trees and can weaken them, making them vulnerable to pests, diseases, or even competition from invasive plants that swoop in to steal the now-sunny understory space. If trees in your yard show signs of recovery, keep a close eye on them in upcoming months and watch for potential issues. Give them a little extra care when appropriate like:

watering in dry conditions,
weeding around the trunk,
mulching properly - just 1-2 inches deep (if you plan to mulch), and
scraping off invasive egg masses in fall/winter (if applicable).

If you have concerns, arborists are here to help.

If you’re a woodland owner who saw major forest defoliation, watch for new leaves this summer. If this is not the first year of the outbreak in your area and you have concerns for next year, contact a forester for a consultation.

Trees are pretty resilient, but sometimes they can use a little help from their human friends to get them through tough times. A watchful eye and a little extra care can go a long way in helping your trees get healthy again.

2021 Gypsy Moth Outbreak

last update: June 24, 2021

2021 Gypsy Moth Caterpillar Outbreak in New York State

a gypsy moth caterpillar has a hairy back and red and blue spotsThis spring, DEC has been receiving reports of larger-than-usual gypsy moth populations and leaf damage in several parts of New York State. Gypsy moths are non-native but are naturalized, meaning they will always be around in our forests. Their populations spike in numbers roughly every 10 to 15 years, but these outbreaks are usually ended by natural causes such as disease and predators. Because of this, DEC and its partners typically do not manage it. At this time, DEC does not provide funding for treating gypsy moths on private property.

The caterpillars you are seeing now will begin to disappear around mid-July when they pupate and become moths. Spraying insecticides is not effective at this late stage of caterpillar development. This time of year, you may choose to use or make a trap on your trees to catch caterpillars while they are still crawling, though this will not erase the population. Please monitor your traps regularly for unintended wildlife that may pass through. In winter, you can help DEC predict next year's population numbers by conducting egg sampling surveys. In spring, you may scrape egg masses to prevent some hatching, though that will also not erase the population. The spikes in gypsy moth numbers are an unfortunate but cyclical part of NY's forests.

You can view DEC's recent Facebook Live about gypsy moths and answers to common questions about them on our Facebook page. For more information on gypsy moths in NY, visit our website.

Photo of a gypsy moth caterpillar by Karla Salp,

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

More information can be found at , this web page includes links to the floating object rules and regulations and the permit application form

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  

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.

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. 

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:

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

DEC recommends "0" Lawn Fertilizer

last update: August 17, 2021

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...


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