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Penn Yan Swim Parks CLOSED

last update: August 6, 2022


AVOID ALGAE BLOOMS at INDIAN PINES & RED JACKET PARKS in the VILLAGE OF PENN YAN
8/5/2022
The Department of Health has issued a Blue-green Algae Advisory for Indian Pines and Red Jacket Parks. This Advisory was issued because a blue-green algae bloom has been identified in the swim area. People and animals should avoid contact with any algae blooms, scums and colored water. Blue-green algal blooms can turn the water green and can form thick scums on the water surface. Blue-green algae can cause skin or eye irritation, or diarrhea and vomiting if ingested. People and animals should keep out of the water where blooms are present.



The Department of Health recommends taking the following precautions:
· Don’t swim, wade or fish near blooms or scums
· Don’t drink the water
· Keep children and animals away from any blooms or scums
· Rinse with clean water if exposed


Indian Pines and Red Jacket Park’s swim areas will remain closed to bathers until the Department of Health has issued a safe to re-open order.  The Indian Pines and Red Jacket Parks (playgrounds, pavilions, and picnic areas) remain open to the public.


Please report symptoms that may be associated with exposure to blue-green algae blooms, such as skin or eye irritation, or diarrhea and vomiting to the Department of Health at (315) 789-3030.


For more information, please
visit https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/6563.pdf




Finger Lakes Clean-up - 9/17/2022

last update: August 9, 2022


We are planning our 4th annual Finger Lakes Clean
Up Above & Below event Saturday September 17th 2022 8-1pm. We are hoping
that you will help us get the word out. The last 3 years my SCUBA diving
friends and I cleaned up the Watkins Glen Village Marina. We also contacted the
Adopt A Highway groups to do their clean up on the third Saturday of September
also. Each year it gets bigger and bigger and we hope to keep it going. So
please email the attached poster to all the clubs, businesses and people you
know! Please take the time to look and like our Facebook page “Finger Lakes
Clean Up”. Let’s show the world that after the big Finger Lakes summer party is
over, that we clean it up!




Lake Level

last update: August 1, 2022


The lake level indicated on the lake level page is currently in error. The actual level is unchanged from the past several days and remains very close to the mid objectives value of about 714 ft.  We are currently working on resolving the issue.




HAB Update

last update: July 21, 2022

Our 48 shoreline monitoring volunteers have not
found a single bloom on the lake yet this year! If you notice anything that you
think might be a HAB or you would like to join our group of volunteers, please
email Lexie Davis at abd97@cornell.edu




KLA Merchandise Now Available

last update: July 15, 2022


It has been a while since we have made KLA merchandise available to our members. We are excited to announce that we are making a limited amount of custom KLA swag available for purchase on Zazzle.com. We expect to add additional items over time, so check back often. From Zazzle.com simply search KLA_Apparel or follow this Link.




Starry Stonewort Harvesting

last update: July 15, 2022

For the second straight year, the KLA is working with ILM (Integrated Lake Management) to remove Starry Stonewort from Keuka Lake, Starry Stonewort is an invasive algae that creates heavily matted areas, forcing out other native species. The harvesting operation is happening during the week of July 11-16, at the north end of the west branch.




Summer Employment Do you love the Finger Lakes? Get paid

last update: July 21, 2022


Watercraft Steward:
This program is responsible for public outreach and education on preventing
the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Under the supervision of
Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) at Hobart
and William Smith Colleges staff, Watercraft Stewards will offer
inspections of watercraft for AIS and will educate boaters on AIS and
prevention protocols. Inspections include AIS removal and
identification, and data collection. Training will be provided.
This is a great program for anyone looking to spend time outdoors this
summer, and for those looking to build on a career in environmental
studies or science, conservation, interpretation,
ecology, or biology. Build valuable skills in communication, education,
plant identification, and more by joining our watercraft steward team!
Positions: 20+ at
$15.00 - $15.50
Locations: Public boat launches on Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca,
Cayuga, Owasco and Otisco Lakes and surrounding areas, Whitney Point Reservoir, Sodus Bay and parts of the Erie Canal and Lake Ontario in Rochester,
NY.
To apply, and for more information, follow this link:
https://www.hws.edu/offices/hr/employment/summer.aspx
Aquatic Invasive Species Field Crews:
With assistance from Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) and Finger
Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (FL PRISM),
will assist in field work, outreach, and education related to various
aquatic invasive species (AIS) programs. Crews will work with managers
to survey, monitor, and manage high-priority
AIS. Crews will collect plant survey data on waterbodies throughout the
Finger Lakes region. Training is included.
These are great positions for anyone looking to spend time
outdoors this summer, and for those looking to begin a career in the
fields of environmental studies or science, conservation, ecology, or
biology. Build valuable skills in plant identification, data collection,
field work, teamwork and more by joining one
of our field teams!
Positions: 3
at $15 - $15.50/hour
Locations: Geneva,
NY, with travel throughout the Finger Lakes Region
To apply, and for more information, follow
this link:
https://www.hws.edu/offices/hr/employment/summer.aspx




Use Local Firewood this Camping Season

last update: June 9, 2022


Many people like to take firewood from their homes before traveling
to a campsite. Invasive pests like the emerald ash borer or Asian
longhorned beetle often hitch a ride to new areas in untreated firewood.
Transport of untreated firewood across the state has caused outbreaks
of these damaging pests.
Since 2009, New York State has regulated the movement of firewood to
keep the spread of invasives down. Untreated firewood must have been
grown in NY and cannot be moved more than 50 miles from where it was
grown or its source. Producers of firewood for sale are allowed to
declare their business as the source provided the wood was grown within
50 miles of their business and they must maintain documentation. Those
moving untreated firewood for their own use must fill out a Self-Issued Certificate of Origin (PDF).
Treated firewood, which has been heated to a core temperature of 160° F
for 75 minutes and labeled as “New York Approved Heat-treated
Firewood/Pest Free,” can be moved without restrictions. DEC has an
interactive map that shows if firewood’s source and its destination are
within 50 miles. View the map.
Violation of firewood regulations can result in fines, penalties, and
the potential destruction of beloved trees and habitats. The safest way
to enjoy a campfire and protect New York forests is to buy and burn
local firewood at your destination. Read more about New York’s firewood regulations on DEC’s website.




Boat Stewards Still Needed for 2022

last update: May 10, 2022

Under the supervision of Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) at Hobart and William Smith Colleges staff,
Watercraft Stewards will offer inspections of watercraft for AIS and will educate boaters on AIS and prevention protocols. Inspections include AIS removal and identification, and data collection. Training will be provided. Program Coordinators will be responsible for supervising the Finger Lakes Institute's Watercraft Stewards and assist the program manager in various aspects of running the program. This is a great program for anyone looking to spend time outdoors this summer, and for those looking to build on a career in environmental studies or science, conservation, interpretation, ecology, or biology. Build valuable skills in communication, education, plant identification, and more by joining our watercraft steward team! Positions: 20+ at $15.00 - $15.50

Locations: Public boat launches on Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco and Otisco Lakes and surrounding areas, Whitney Point Reservoir, Sodus Bay and parts of the Erie Canal and Lake Ontario in Rochester, NY.
To apply, and for more information, follow this link: https://www.hws.edu/offices/hr/employment/summer.aspx




New Freshwater Fishing Regulation Changes for 2022

last update: March 18, 2022

The bulk of these changes are associated with DEC's continuing efforts to expand fishing opportunities and make fishing as easy and enjoyable as possible, while still providing protections that ensure our fisheries remain sustainable. Two rulemakings were adopted to achieve these objectives, which reflects public input received on the draft proposal. Both rulemakings are described in more detail below.




2022 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide Now Available

last update: March 25, 2022


A PDF version of the new 2022 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide is now available to download from the DEC website. Hard copies of the guide are currently being produced and guides are anticipated to be available at License Issuing Agents by the second week of April. Hard copies can also be requested by emailing fwfish@dec.ny.gov. Season starts April 1.




Lawn Fertilizer Info

last update: April 8, 2022

Look for the Zero: Use Only Phosphorus-Free Lawn Fertilizer
DEC encourages homeowners to go phosphorus-free when using lawn fertilizer. Consumers should review bag labels for phosphorus content when shopping for fertilizer. Fertilizer labels have three numbers. The number in the middle is the percentage of phosphorus in the product. Regardless of the lawn's location, excess phosphorus can wash off and pollute lakes and streams, harming fish and ruining boating and swimming. For more information, visit DEC's Lawn Fertilizer webpage.




Free Fishing Days 2022

last update: January 21, 2022


On these days anyone can fish in New York without a fishing license, so it's the perfect opportunity for you to introduce fishing to a friend or family member.
This year's free fishing days:
February 19-20
June 25-26
September 24
November 11




HAB Info and Reporting

last update: February 1, 2022

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.




Keuka Lake - Inlet
Keuka Inlet

MISSION

Founded in 1956, the Keuka Lake Association, with over 1700 members, provides a unified voice for those who love Keuka Lake. Our mission is to preserve and protect Keuka Lake and its natural beauty for future generations.

Keuka Lake Association is a 501(c) (3) organization (a non-profit tax exempt organization under IRS rules). This distinction is defined by our service to the public and how we are mission-driven as opposed to profit-driven.

Gifts, donations and membership dues paid to our organization are used in direct service to the overall mission to preserve and protect Keuka Lake. Membership dues, donations and gifts are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Consult your professional tax preparer if you have specific tax related questions.