It started about five years ago, with a survey by the Honeoye Lake Watershed Task Force targeting the lake’s inlet as a major player in sediment and nutrients entering the lake.
But to back up what appeared a key element in the fight against blue-green algae, the task force needed numbers. It turned to The Nature Conservancy. From there, the project mushroomed.
Bolstered by scientific data and eventually pooling the resources of seven like-minded partners, The Honeoye Inlet Restoration Partnership was born. The project involved restoration of the area south of Honeoye Lake, reconnecting the inlet to its floodplain. Now, due to a new and meandering stream channel, thousands of strategically-planted trees and other field work, Mother Nature is filtering runoff to help clean water entering the lake.
On Oct. 25, the inlet partnership was recognized for its work when it received an Environmental Innovation Award from the Seneca Park Zoo Society.
“The Honeoye Inlet Restoration Partnership was recognized for its efforts to create a water quality solution for Honeoye Lake in a sustainable way, without creating a reservoir that would subsume natural habitat,” according to the society, naming the partners: Honeoye Lake Watershed Task Force; Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District; The Nature Conservancy; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Finger Lakes Community College; and Honeoye Valley Association.