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Owasco Flats restoration project one step closer to construction

A long-time project to limit sediment plumes from entering Owasco Lake came a little closer to construction late Friday afternoon after the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued Cayuga County its permits to build. Bruce Natale, environmental engineer for the county, said the DEC permits for the Owasco Flats Wetland Restoration and Riparian Buffers Initiative had very minor change requests... more

Moravia hammered again by storms (full coverage)

Another day, more rain. The entire summer has felt like one, prolonged rain event here in the Finger Lakes, and Monday was no exception to that rule. For parts of Cayuga, Seneca, Yates, and Ontario counties two rounds of torrential rain. Some parts of southern Cayuga County, which were hard hit by flooding last week — saw strong thunderstorms knock... more

Friday’s rain brings more flood damage to southern Cayuga County & Ithaca (full coverage)

More rain on Friday caused a deluge of calls into Cayuga County 911 for flooded roads and basements in the southern part of Cayuga County. County emergency dispatchers reported flooding conditions in Moravia, Genoa, Locke, Sempronious, King Ferry and Scipio. The Moravia Volunteer Fire Department called all available personnel to report to its department at about 3:40 p.m. and also... more

Cayuga County seeks public’s help with documenting July 1 storm damage

The Cayuga County Office of Emergency Services is seeking the public’s help to document flooding damage from the July 1 storm that hit the southern end of the county with particular ferocity. Niel Rivenburgh, deputy director of the office, said the state Office of Emergency Management from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services began conducting a public assistance... more

Sex offender sentenced for having sex with 13-year-old, assaulting inmate in Cayuga County

A local sex offender was sentenced to prison Tuesday for three separate felonies. Keith Hilliard, 38, of Moravia, pleaded guilty in May to second-degree criminal sex act, second-degree assault and failure to register an internet identifier as a sex offender. At the time, he admitted to having oral sex with a 13-year-old girl and failing to report his Facebook page.... more

Under new scrutiny, Owasco Lake watershed farm balances growth, water quality protections

It’s not easy to be a large dairy farm in the Owasco Lake watershed. Duane and Gary Allen know that firsthand. Allen Farms, a large concentrated animal feeding operation in Scipio Center, has experienced its share of both successes and challenges. Due to its many best management practices to protect water quality, the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District... more

Owasco Lake sees ‘unheard of’ flow following weekend storm

It’s been 45 years since Owasco Lake has had flows as high as they were this past weekend after a rainstorm flooded parts of Cayuga County. Sam Granato, water treatment operator for the city of Auburn, said at one point during Saturday’s intense rains, the flow coming into the lake from the Owasco Inlet was 4,240 cubic feet per second.... more

‘Don’t mind us’: Finger Lakes Institute monitoring Owasco Lake water quality

Many people know his pontoon boat by now, but sometimes John Halfman pulls up to the Owasco Lake shoreline and gets inquisitive looks by sunbathers. That happened Wednesday near Fire Road 20 in Scipio, when Halfman anchored and his small but mighty troop of science students got to work. “Don’t mind us!” he called. “We’re just sampling your water!” A... more

Cayuga County health officials offer flood cleanup tips; state DEC assisting on ground

The Cayuga County Health Department issued a list of recommendations to help residents whose households were impacted by Saturday’s heavy rain and flooding. Director of Environmental Health Eileen O’Connor advises homeowners of the following when cleaning after a flood: • Wear protective clothing including rubber boots and gloves. • When doing work that could create dust or flying debris, wear... more

CAYUGA FLOODED: Roads, basements swell as heavy rain falls (full-coverage)

Cayuga County was hammered with flooding rain on Saturday, along with the powerful storms that moved through the area. Combined with the rainfall that has been prevalent over the region in the last few days — it made for challenging circumstances. Auburn, Owasco and Moravia were the hardest hit communities, according to initial reports out of Cayuga County. More than... more

Flood clean-up kits available at Moravia Fire Department

The Red Cross and the Salvation Army are providing free clean-up kits to Cayuga County residents who were impacted by Saturday’s flooding. Residents can pick up the kits, which include cleaning products such as a large bucket, a mop, bleach and gloves, at the Moravia Fire Department, said Red Cross Regional Communications Program Manager Dan Hartman. Heavy rain Saturday afternoon... more

Clog remains elusive in Emerson Park sluiceway

High Owasco Lake levels have foiled the latest attempt at clearing out a clog in a tunnel running underneath a portion of Emerson Park. Owasco Town Supervisor Ed Wagner had said the town would dig and cut a hole in the approximately 100-foot long culvert midway to see what was inside. The town attempted to do just that and discovered... more

Moravia teen sent to prison for three felonies in Cayuga County

A Moravia teen was sentenced to prison Thursday for committing three separate crimes in Cayuga County. In May, 17-year-old Jahree Cathcart, pleaded guilty to three felonies: second-degree attempted burglary, third-degree robbery and second-degree unlawful surveillance. At the time, Cathcart admitted his part in a crime spree late last year, beginning with a burglary in his hometown. Cathcart said he committed... more

Owasco Lake council concerned over large building projects in watershed

Amidst work to update the Owasco Lake watershed rules and regulations, construction in the watershed has garnered more attention from local officials. One particularly — a milk parlor expansion at Allen Farms in Scipio — had Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council members talking about how those larger building projects are permitted. Leslie Baxter, a Scipio town board member, told members... more

Newly relocated Cayuga County Fair approaches

This summer, the Cayuga County Fair will be held in a new location: The Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center at Emerson Park in Owasco. Fair hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 8, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 9. The Citizen: Read More more

Public meetings will discuss Owasco Lake watershed rules and regulations

It’s been more than 30 years since the Owasco Lake watershed’s rules and regulations were updated, and that’s one reason why Cayuga County will hold multiple public meetings to review and potentially update the document. Local officials hope to add and subtract from the current list, as some things may be outdated or irrelevant to today’s watershed, while other things... more

DEC’s Finger Lakes Water Hub talks Owasco Lake’s pollution diet

Save Owasco Now, an Owasco Lake advocacy group started late last year, has spent months calling on the state to implement pollution regulations on nutrient sources in the watershed. Specifically, the group sent in petitions and letters calling for a Total Maximum Daily Load — or TMDL — which includes a map of all the sources of pollution in a... more

With Finger Lakes Water Hub staffing complete, DEC works to fill water division vacancies

The Finger Lakes Water Hub is fully staffed, but the state Department of Environmental Conservation is not. Cayuga County leaders have discussed the shifting staffing changes in the DEC both at the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council and the Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency, and are pleased with the hub’s creation but also concerned about the declining resources in... more
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