Volunteers help keep track of Owasco Lake’s bill of health

Though raindrops pelted on Michele and Mark Plis’ boat Tuesday morning, Owasco Lake looked a picturesque watercolor scene of dark grays and greens. The only waves came from fog billowing across the hillside, both revealing and hiding the landscape as the volunteers made their way about eight miles south.

The Plises are one of two sets of volunteers on Owasco Lake, collecting data and water samples through the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP). The program has expanded to all 11 Finger Lakes this year, and the DEC checked on Owasco Lake Tuesday, conducting an audit on the Plis’ work.

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