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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.

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Free Fishing Feb.15-16, 2020

last update: February 6, 2020

Ice fishing is a great way to get outdoors during the winter months. February 15-16 is a Free Fishing Weekend, where anyone can fish New York’s waters without a fishing license. If you’re an experienced angler, consider introducing a friend or family member to the sport. Or if you’ve always wanted to try ice fishing but don’t know where to start, attend a free fishing clinic near you this winter.

We encourage beginner ice anglers to download the Ice Fishing Chapter (PDF) of DEC's I FISH NY Beginners' Guide to Freshwater Fishing for information on how to get started ice fishing. You can find additional information, including a list of waters open to ice fishing, on DEC's ice fishing web page.




Boater Safety Course - Yates Co.

last update: February 6, 2020

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 8:00am to approximately 4:00pm, 2nd Floor of the Penn Yan Fire Dpt. 125 Elm Street, Penn Yan, N.Y

** Tickets to attend must be purchased in advance at the Records Department window located in the Yates County Public Safety Building, 227 Main Street, Penn Yan, New York on business days, Monday, through Friday 9:00 am through 5:00 pm. Last day to purchase tickets is February 28, 2020.
Or
Payment can also be made in advance by mailing your fee to the Yates County Public Safety Building at the above address, (Attention boater safety) and must be received by February 26, 2020 to be registered. Please make Money Orders or Bank Checks payable to (YCSO-Boat Safety) include the attendees’ name, age and phone number in the envelope.

The fee is $5.00 per person must be paid by cash or by money order or bank certified check. No personal checks or debit /credit cards.

Note: We do not break for lunch so bring a drink, bag lunch and or snacks. This course is also available on-line by following this link: http://nysparks.com/recreation/boating/boating-safety-class.aspx
Any questions about signing up for the class please call 315-536-5178

See us also at: www.yatescountysheriff.org




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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