The Owasco Lake Watershed Nine Element Plan has hit a couple of milestones this year, paving the way to its first round of public feedback set for this fall.
A 9E Plan outlines ways to improve water quality by identifying where different pollutants are coming from and how to reduce them. Owasco Lake’s began at the end of 2016, following the summer when toxins from harmful algal blooms were detected in the drinking water from Auburn and Owasco’s treatment plants. The town of Skaneateles is also moving forward with a 9E Plan on Skaneateles Lake. The plans make municipalities eligible for more grants that would implement projects to clean up the watershed.
The state grant funding for the 9E Plan — $35,000 with a county-matched $35,000 — ends Aug. 31, 2019. Cayuga County, which is spearheading the project, hopes to have everything finished by July 2019.