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

Playground, music and food are focus of new Emerson Park proposed plan

Steve Lynch is determined to make Emerson Park a destination location, with or without state funding. The director of the Cayuga County Planning and Economic Development Department proposed a three-year park programming and capital improvements plan to the county Parks Commission Wednesday night. It’s a more concentrated version of the original Emerson Park Master Plan, something Lynch had hoped would... more

District wants to keep Owasco Lake Inspection Program, but council moves forward

The Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors does not want the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program to be pulled from its purview. The Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council passed a resolution in January to explore taking responsibility for the inspection program, something that Steve Lynch, director of planning and economic development, had said the council was... more

Auburn council considers temporary measure to treat water for algae toxins

Reaching a permanent solution to protect Auburn’s drinking water from harmful algae toxins will likely not be implemented until 2018 at the earliest, engineers said Thursday. City officials are keen not to have a repeat of last summer, during which low levels of microcystin — toxins that can be released from blue-green algae blooms — were detected on multiple occasions... more

DEC works with town of Owasco on water line project following storm water violation

The state Department of Environmental Conservation issued a violation to the town of Owasco when construction of a water line caused sediment and nutrient runoff into Sucker Brook, a tributary of Owasco Lake. Through the engineering firm Barton & Loguidice, the town is constructing a water line connecting an old water tank to a new one. But along Melrose Road... more

Owasco Lake’s water quality better, but cyanobacteria problem worsens

John Halfman’s annual report on Owasco Lake called 2016 “a year of recovery.” While drought conditions distressed homeowners and farmers alike, the lack of rain gave the lake time to heal by preventing nutrients and sediment from running into the watershed. While the news appears good at first, Halfman, who is a professor at the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart... more

Three hunters ticketed for shooting 35 ducks on Owasco Lake

On Jan. 15, off duty ECOs Scott Angotti and Josh Crain were waterfowl hunting on Owasco Lake in the town of Scipio when they observed three individuals shoot a large group of redhead ducks swimming into the men’s decoy spread. The three subjects all emptied their shotguns into the flock, killing a total of 35 redhead ducks and possibly wounding... more

Owasco hires same engineering firm as Auburn for blue-green algae treatment study

GHD Consulting Services, Inc. will conduct a study of the town of Owasco's water treatment plant to identify ways to get rid of blue-green algae toxins in the finished water. GHD is the same consulting firm that is wrapping up its study of the city of Auburn's water treatment plant. Both plants' studies will propose options for eliminating microcystin, a... more

Owasco Lake council pleased with state funding news on blue-green algae toxin treatments

The state’s announcement on Monday that it will devote funding to the studies and implementation of blue-green algae toxin treatments to the town of Owasco and city of Auburn’s water filtration plants was “great news” to the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council members. In a release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state would provide $150,000 for the study of both... more

Cuomo: Auburn, Owasco get $2 million for drinking water system upgrades

The city of Auburn and town of Owasco will receive more than $2 million to upgrade drinking water treatment systems, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. The funding, according to Cuomo’s office, will be used for the “design, engineering and construction of upgrades to the drinking water systems.” Both municipalities receive water from Owasco Lake. The lake is a drinking water... more
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