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Schumer, Cuomo: Feds approve Owasco Flats restoration project

Cayuga County has received federal approval for the Owasco Flats restoration project, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved federal wetland permits for the project. The county needed the permits to advance the restoration work. A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers said Monday that an unvalidated permit... more

‘Don’t go in it’: Harmful algal bloom testing for Owasco Lake limited

Local and state partners are working together to monitor harmful algal blooms on Owasco Lake, but testing of potential toxins in those blooms is limited. The state Department of Environmental Conservation said Owasco Lake, along with Honeyoe, Seneca and Otisco lakes, have shoreline surveillance programs of blooms, studying where they're happening and why. Owasco Lake's is a research effort funded... more

Cuomo: Advanced drinking water treatment tech installed and running in Auburn, Owasco

Governor Andrew Cuomo says advanced drinking water treatment technologies for Auburn and Owasco have been installed and are operating. Earlier this year, $2 million in state money was allotted to improve the systems that treat drinking water from Owasco Lake. The City of Auburn now has a powdered activated carbon treatment system. The Town of Owasco is now using a... more

Army Corps of Engineers ‘working diligently’ to finalize Owasco Flats permit

A decision on the federal wetland permit for the Owasco Flats restoration project could come as early as next week. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday that it's "working diligently" to finalize a decision on the project, which is being spearheaded by Cayuga County. The county must receive the federal permit before soliciting bids for the construction work.... more

Festival celebrates Owasco Lake, showcases conservation

Owasco Lake Day is a day dedicated to celebrating Owasco Lake and educating people on the lake's importance, Owasco Watershed Lake Association President Bob Brower said. What better way to celebrate the lake than taking people out on a boat tour so they can experience it themselves? Those who attended Sunday's festival at Emerson Park had the opportunity to take... more

Auburn man denies burglarizing Tom Thumb, Classic Cones

An Auburn man accused of burglarizing two Cayuga County treat shops has claimed he was framed for the crimes. Patrick Langworthy, of 39 Nelson St., was arrested last month following an investigation by New York State Police and the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office. According to a news release, Langworthy committed two separate burglaries in June — one at Tom Thumb... more

Health department closes beaches in Aurora, Owasco due to algal blooms

Swimming areas at the Wells College Dock in Aurora on Cayuga Lake and the Owasco Yacht Club on Owasco Lake are closed until further notice “due to the presence of harmful algal blooms,” the Cayuga County Health Department said Monday. The health department monitors water quality at public beaches throughout the county and closes swimming areas when hazards are identified.... more

Owasco teen swims across lake, fulfills family tradition

For years, the DeMeritt family has celebrated summer with a special tradition: a 1.2-mile swim across Owasco Lake. Every other year, the family of eight travels from their home on a U.S. naval base in Spain to spend the summer at a cottage on Owasco Lake. And every other year, the DeMeritts take a boat across the lake and try... more

Health department reopens Owasco Yacht Club beach following stricter toxin testing

Harmful algal blooms could close beaches for a bit longer this year after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drafted more conservative guidelines for health departments concerning toxin levels. Eileen O’Connor, director of the Cayuga County Environmental Health Division, said the health department used to be able to use test strips that could detect whether levels of microcystin, a toxin released... more

‘Everybody comes together’ for Owasco church’s annual chicken barbecue, fundraiser

The day started at 6 a.m. for Ron Podolak and the rest of the crew in charge of cooking the 850 barbecue chickens for St. Ann’s Annual Barbecue and Bazaar. Podolak, a parishioner at the Catholic Church in Owasco, said they cook the chicken “low and slow” for two to three hours and then slather it with the church’s secret... 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

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

Cayuga County Fair organizers feel excited, comfortable about Emerson Park return

Another chapter in the Cayuga County Fair’s 200-year-plus history will be written this weekend when the event returns to Emerson Park. Taking place Saturday and Sunday, the fair will bring food, live entertainment and more to the grounds of the Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center at the Owasco park. The... 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

Owasco’s Independence Day party brings out the red, white and blue

Firetrucks, a cake wheel, chicken barbecue, music and plenty of patriotism are the cornerstones that make up the Owasco Fire Department Fourth of July Parade and Field Day. And Tuesday wasn’t any different — the annual event drew hundreds to the department’s Owasco Road lawn to celebrate the birth of their country under a sunny summer sky. “It just isn’t... 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
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