Red Jacket Park Open for Swimming 8/16/19

last update: August 17, 2019

Boater Safety Classes - Steuben Sheriff's Office

last update: September 19, 2019

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Navigation Unit will be instructing the NYS Boater Safety Course at the Steuben County Public Safety Building, 7007 Rumsey Street Ext. in Bath, New York, on the following dates:

Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Please bring proof of age for all students attending. The minimum age to attend is ten years old.

The class is limited to 30 students, so call 607-622-3911 to confirm your attendance.

Currently, any individual born on or after May 01, 1996 wishing to operate any recreational vessel must have successfully completed an approved Boater Safety Course.
After January 1, 2020 this shall apply to all operators born on or after January 1, 1993
After January 1, 2021 this shall apply to all operators born on or after January 1, 1988
After January 1, 2022 this shall apply to all operators born on or after January 1, 1983
After January 1, 2023 this shall apply to all operators born on or after January 1, 1978
After January 1, 2024 this shall apply to all operators.

Any individual wishing to operate a Personal Watercraft, at any age, 14 years or older, must successfully complete an approved Boater Safety Course.

The course is designed as a comprehensive boating course, teaching the fundamentals of safe boating operation and has been approved by the National Association of the Boating Law Administrators. Upon successful completion of the eight (8) hour course the attendee will receive a NYS Boater Safety Certificate.

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

Shoreline Monitoring Program "Bloom Watch" Updates

last update: August 15, 2019

The KLA shoreline monitoring program officially launched a little over a week ago! A huge thank you to the program volunteers for taking the time to monitor their shoreline zones. Below is an overview of the suspicious HABs that were sighted and sampled during the first week:

Three samples of suspicious HABs were collected and delivered to FLI for chlorophyll analysis. Two were confirmed as having levels of the chlorophyll associated with HABs above the threshold of 25µg/L and we are awaiting results from the third sample. The two samples confirmed as a bloom were both from public beaches on the lake: Red Jacket and Indian Pines Park. Following sighting of the suspicious bloom, the Department of Health (DOH) closed the beaches and followed their protocol for reopening the site (note: Red Jacket is currently closed following the sighting on 8/13). These reports have been isolated occurrences, but conditions can change quickly so if you see something suspicious, avoid it and report it. If you are not a volunteer but need to report a suspicious HAB, please use the NYS DEC report form: HABs Report Form (if this link doesn't work, right click on it and select Open).

Remember that dogs are also susceptible to HABs and should not swim in or drink water in suspicious bloom areas. Find more information about pets and HABS here: Pets and HABs
Here is a link to the interactive map of reported suspicious HABs on Keuka, Seneca and Canandaigua Lakes: Interactive HABs Map . This will also be up on the KLA website very soon. DEC has a statewide map available at: NYHABS Map

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.

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

"Keep up the fight against invasive species"

last update: July 25, 2019

Guest Column: State Sen. Tom O'Mara

“Keep up the fight against invasive species”
ALBANY, July 21, 2019 -- New York State recently observed the 6th Annual “Invasive Species Awareness Week” (ISAW) and the fact remains that we can never afford to ignore this critical environmental, economic, and public health concern.

This annual awareness and education week has become an important piece of the overall strategy. The uncontrolled spread of aquatic invasive species like Hydrilla and Eurasian water milfoil would devastate local ecosystems and regional tourism economies. Left unchecked, they would cost local communities hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of jobs. The same goes for land-based invasives like the Golden Nematode, Emerald Ash Borer (EBA), Spotted Lanternfly, Gypsy Moth, and Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB)., we continue to appreciate the work of local leaders and concerned citizens to protect our waterways and other ecosystems. The Keuka Lake Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, Finger Lakes PRISM and numerous other grassroots, regionally based associations and organizations have done and continue to do outstanding work on prevention and detection, control and education, and outreach.

Estimates have pegged the nationwide economic cost of invasive species at $120 billion annually in terms of environmental cleanup, eradication, destroyed crops, and other agricultural losses, as well as diminished recreational and tourism opportunities. It is a staggering figure and New York is far from immune. In fact, our state is home to more than 7,600 freshwater lakes, ponds, and reservoirs, together with 70,000 miles of rivers, brooks, and streams -- and let’s not forget our extensive forests and woodlands.

In other words, we are particularly at-risk to the introduction of aquatic, land-based, and other invasive species.

The overall danger of invasive species runs the gamut from aggressive aquatic invaders to invasive plants, agricultural and forest pests, and many other plants, animals, insects, and diseases. They diminish agricultural productivity, harm biological diversity, radically reshape ecosystems, reduce wildlife habitat, out-compete native species, and limit recreational opportunities. A broad spectrum of invasive species poses a serious risk to local ecologies and economies.

I have welcomed opportunities to sponsor new laws and support the establishment of new programs to aid and advance this fight. This includes a 2014 law requiring the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to encourage boaters to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by promoting clean, drain, and dry procedures that are a critical first line of defense to prevent the spread of invasive species from one body of water to another. Through the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), the state invests in numerous regional initiatives to protect the quality and economic potential of waterways, agricultural lands, and forests.

Again, the undeniable fact is that the uncontrolled spread of invasive species would devastate regional tourism and cost local communities hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of jobs.

Find out more about state-level invasive species efforts from the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) at

On a related note, it is equally critical to highlight another serious threat to area lakes and other waterways: Harmful Algal Blooms, commonly referred to as HABs. These blooms pose serious health threats to people, and pets and livestock, which means we all need to stay informed, practice caution and, importantly, report blooms where and when we see them. Once again, the DEC website provides comprehensive and detailed information on HABs, including action plans, identifying and reporting HABs (which the DEC highlights as extremely important), and other educational and informational resources. I'll also note that the DEC in cooperation with the Finger Lakes Institute, Corning Incoporated and the State University of New York at Fredonia will host the 6th Annual Finger Lakes Harmful Algal Blooms Symposium on Wednesday, July 31, at Hobart and William Smith College. Visit the following website for more information:

I cannot do enough to encourage anyone spotting a suspicious algae bloom to use the DEC website to report it.

DEC placing buoys for fish survey

last update: July 25, 2019

In the fall of 2018 99,000 cisco fingerlings were stocked by the DEC at the Keuka Lake State Park as part of the effort to restore the baitfish population and offset the decline in alewives. They were assisted by the US Geological Survey and Cornell who are interested in how our situation may relate to the Great Lakes. Without them, the numbers stocked would have been significantly less.
The good news is appears that we are moving in a good direction, and during the week of June 17 the DEC released another 1200+/- yearling cisco into Keuka. These fish are much larger (4-7”) and should be able to avoid predation much better than last year’s fall fingerlings. Several of these fish were also tagged with acoustic transmitters enabling us to also track their movements and hopefully pinpoint some spawning locations as early as next year.
The DEC also spent 5 nights electrofishing along the shoreline the weeks of June 3 and 10. They saw very few baitfish, what they did see were spottail shiners, banded killifish, and a few darters but did not notice any schools of small fish swimming around as has been reported by some anglers. However these could be perch fry because adult perch were quite abundant in the DEC survey. The smallmouth bass population appeared to be abundant and in excellent condition and there were a few fat largemouth bass scattered about.
The DEC is set to do a lake trout survey in July and forage fish survey in September. This should provide good information about the current situation for Keuka Lake. Additionally, in cooperation with USGS they will continue to monitor movements of tagged cisco in the lake. Finally, things are looking good for another stocking of cisco fingerlings in the fall and the DEC are hoping they can continue stocking cisco for another 5-6 years, if not more. 

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...


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.

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.

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