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Featured couple talks Cayuga County episode of HGTV’s ‘Bargain Hunt’

In the past 25 years, Todd Post has sold over 3,000 homes throughout the Finger Lakes region. The president of Post Realty in Auburn, Post said he has helped hundreds of families find their dream homes along Cayuga, Owasco and Skaneateles lakes. But there’s one family, he said, that stood out from the rest. When Rick and Christina Wilson first... 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

Several felony convictions, sentences upheld in Cayuga Co.

Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann announced that five defendants, involved with six different cases had convictions and sentences affirmed by the Appellate Court. Among those convictions and sentences upheld were: Charles J. Allen who pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, tampering with evidence and fourth-degree conspiracy on March 7th, which resulted in a maximum of a seven year sentence. Allen... 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 Local officials hope to add and subtract from the current list, as some things may be outdated or irrelevant to today’s watershed, while other things...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

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

Owasco preps for blue-green algae water treatment system

While the city of Auburn will be using a powder activated carbon system to treat potential blue-green algae toxins in the water from Owasco Lake this summer, the town of Owasco will be taking a different approach. Town Supervisor Ed Wagner said the water treatment plant will incorporate granular activated carbon instead. The reason for not using powder? Wagner said... more

DEC uses Owasco Lake watershed in new water quality mapping tool

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is testing a new mapping technology displaying water quality information, and the Owasco Lake watershed is part of the prototype. The map, called DECinfo Locator, includes icons that span Cayuga and Tompkins counties, allowing the public to download water permits and water quality data for various projects, information on large farms in the watershed... more

Cuomo visits Auburn area, state approves Owasco Lake drinking water treatment systems

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo learned of the water quality issues affecting Auburn-area communities served by Owasco Lake, he was moved to act. At an event held at the Emerson Park Pavilion on Wednesday, Cuomo announced the state will fund the installation of two systems that aim to address concerns about blue-green algae toxins detected in drinking water supplies for the... more

Manure discussion gets tense at farming groups’ watershed meeting

Partners for Healthy Watersheds held its second public discussion Monday night, and the subject matter — manure — caused some heated exchanges. The new watershed organization is made up of agricultural groups including the American Dairy Association North East, the Cayuga County Farm Bureau, the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition and the North East Dairy Producers Association. Dirk Young, John... more

Latest from FLX as water levels continue to rise (full-coverage)

It’s a bad situation. As a whole, the region is several inches over “normal” rainfall amounts for the last two months. While the Finger Lakes didn’t see the snowmelt that sometimes contributes to springtime flooding — we have seen plenty of spring rains. On Thursday a road washed out in Geneva. Coastal communities along Lake Ontario have been on edge... more

Katko wants more federal funding for Owasco Lake, CNY water infrastructure

U.S. Rep. John Katko visited Cayuga County Friday to highlight his recent calls for more federal funding to support water infrastructure projects in central New York. Katko, R-Camillus, held a press conference at Emerson Park in Owasco to outline the need for more federal aid to help communities improve water infrastructure. Specifically, Katko said he supports doubling two state revolving... more

State funds not enough to finish Owasco Flats project

Bruce Natale is hopeful that the latest delay in an approximately five-year endeavor to restore the Owasco Flats is coming to an end. The environmental engineer for Cayuga County, Natale has worked on the design and study at the southern end of the lake since the county was awarded state funding in 2011. The plan hopes to keep the sediment... more

Fleming gas station near Owasco Lake tackling flooding issues

A Fleming store and gas station is tackling stormwater drainage issues following an incident on Friday where it pumped water from the parking lot onto the adjacent lawn near Owasco Lake. The state Department of Environmental Conservation said it responded to the Express Mart Convenience Store on White Bridge Road Friday and found no violations. There was no indication of... more

Owasco Lake sluiceway sediment blockage remains a challenge

The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program and a construction firm out of Syracuse made another attempt Friday to clear out the Owasco Lake sluiceway at the east end of the Emerson Park pier. The clog is something that local officials have been working to unplug for years. How did Friday's attempt go? No luck — at least not yet. Watershed... more

Farming groups host first watershed meeting in Owasco

Tim Fessenden and Jason Burroughs looked out onto about 100 people Monday night inside the Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural Museum in Owasco. Representing Cayuga County farmers, the two pushed their dislike of public speaking aside to show their respective farms’ best management practices and take questions. It was part of a kickoff meeting for a new agricultural-centered watershed group called... more

Cayuga County officials prepare for blue-green algae season, meet with crisis communicator

From about 1955 to 1985, families and service members at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents that cause cancer and birth defects. Though the Marine Corps said it did not know the chemical was cancer-causing at that time and thus were not testing for it, families across... more
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