Hammondsport School Capital Improvement Project

last update: November 28, 2017

Firewood Stolen

last update: December 3, 2017

Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

last update: December 8, 2017

Protecting Keuka Lake from Invasives

last update: November 3, 2017

The recent infestation of the highly invasive macroalgae starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa) in and near Keuka Lake felt its second blow in the two-part campaign to control its growth. The first was by machine harvesting in late August in the Keuka Lake Outlet and marsh at Penn Yan. The latest was by a group of volunteers from multiple organizations who hand-harvested in the mouth of Sugar Creek at Branchport.
Volunteer Keuka College and Penn Yan students used borrowed rakes and bins to do the harvesting. The Keuka Lake Association provided the paid time of Watercraft Steward Chris Gilbert to serve as an on-site technical assistant. The Finger Lakes Museum donated the use of their kayaks and 4x4 tractor/loader and driver, with FLM’s Pat Atkinson as coordinator and assistant.
The infestation along the banks of Sugar Creek was discovered by Yates County Cornell Cooperative Extension educator Emily Staychock and Keuka Lake Association Watercraft Steward coordinator Laura Henderson in September 2016. In July this year, KLA Watercraft Steward Chris Gilbert discovered that this infestation had spread into Keuka Lake where the Creek meets the Lake. A subcommittee of the Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative (KWIC) including Jerusalem Supervisor Pat Killen, Yates County Legislator Mark Morris, Dennis Carlson, KLA Board Member Tim Cutler, Town of Wayne Supervisor and KWIC Chairman Steve Butchko, and Emily Staychock, explored possibilities for managing these infestations.
After consulting a starry stonewort expert with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the committee decided to handle the smaller Sugar Creek site by hand-harvesting with garden rakes due to the difficult access with an aquatic weed harvester.

New Free Fishing Days Announced

last update: October 12, 2017

Boat Launch Steward Program 2018

last update: October 12, 2017

Consistent with the new DEC recommendations, the Keuka Lake Association will be operating a Boat Launch Steward program in 2018. We will provide training and have already received permission of municipal and state officials who control public access boat launches on Keuka Lake. The KLA is recruiting cadre of VOLUNTEERS who would be willing to staff the launch sites (mainly Penn Yan and the State Park) during those peak hours of launch activity, especially when fishing tournaments visit the lake. This means weekends and some early morning hours.
We are asking now for people who are interested in assisting with this activity to VOLUNTEER now. We would like to see a cross section people from the watershed who would VOLUNTEER to help us. If you have even the slightest interest in assisting us, please contact the KLA office now, so that we can compile a list of volunteers. Phone: 315-694-7324; e-mail:

Sky Lanterns' Danger

last update: September 20, 2017

To Preserve and Protect Keuka Lake