Residents want clean Seneca Lake

A group of Seneca Lake residents is asking the Yates County Legislature to support their efforts to improve the quality of water in the Keuka Outlet and in their portion of Seneca Lake.

Eileen Moreland, who has been communicating with local and state officials for several years about her concerns for the safety of the lake water in the outlet and within one mile north and south of the outlet, told legislators Monday the last time the water was classified was in 1953.

The main body of Seneca Lake is classified as AA. According to information found on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s website, the water in the Keuka Outlet is classified as C., and one mile north and south of the outlet in the lake is classified B. The water in tributaries to the Keuka Outlet are classified as D.

According to the DEC website, the classification AA or A is assigned to waters used as a source of drinking water. Classification B indicates a best usage for swimming and other contact recreation, but not for drinking water. Classification C is for waters supporting fisheries and suitable for non – contact activities.

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