LATEST: Fleming man charged with BWI after two hurt in Owasco Lake accident

Sheriff David Gould reports that on Sunday at approximately 6:11 pm the Cayuga County E-911 Center received a call of a personal injury boating accident, which had occurred on Owasco Lake in the Town of Fleming. The investigation into that accident revealed that Frank R. McKay, 57, of Fleming was the operator of a 1988 Harris 28 ft pontoon boat... more

Celebrating water and life: OWLA hosts 11th Owasco Lake Day Festival

There is something special about gliding along Owasco Lake, and the Owasco Watershed Lake Association wants to share the experience with the community. On Sunday, OWLA hosted its 11th annual Owasco Lake Day, but this year, its second on Deauville Island at Emerson Park, the OWLA added the word “festival” to the event, explained Rick Nelson, chairman of the planning... more

DEC: Discoloration on Owasco Lake not harmful algal blooms

An unidentified green discoloration on much of Owasco Lake seen earlier this week is not a harmful algal bloom, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday. The DEC's Finger Lakes Watershed Hub first collected samples from the discoloration after it was reported Monday July 30. Testing performed on the samples did not find any evidence of the cyanobacteria that... more

Cayuga County Water Quality Management unveils new website as central hub for water issues

The Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency recently unveiled a redesigned website as part of a greater push to provide a central location for residents seeking information on water quality issues. The website, www.cayugacountywater.org, contains an array of informational resources relating to the county’s main waterbodies, namely Cayuga, Owasco and Skaneateles lakes, Lake Ontario, Duck Lake, Lake Como, Little Sodus... more

‘One bad night’: Owasco man sentenced for menacing family with shotgun

An Owasco man will spend the next six months in jail for menacing a family in what authorities deemed a “landlord-tenant dispute” last fall. At around 10:50 p.m. Nov. 5, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a home on North Road following reports of shots fired at the residence. At the time, the sheriff’s office said two males... more

Talk at CCC explores ‘explosion’ of harmful algal blooms

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry professor Dr. Greg Boyer delivered a wide-ranging presentation Thursday evening at Cayuga Community College on the topic of harmful algal blooms with a focus on what caused last year’s “explosion” of blooms on Cayuga County’s lakes. Boyer, who has been studying harmful algal blooms in some form for 45 years, started with a... more

Emerson Park visitors enjoy day in the sun before fireworks in Owasco

Fireworks might be the main attraction of the pre-Independence Day celebrations at Emerson Park, but plenty of visitors took advantage of the beautiful day Tuesday to enjoy just about every other classic summertime activity you could think of. Hours before the fireworks display began, park visitors could be seen playing badminton and football, swimming, grilling hot dogs and corn, fishing... more

Owasco opens Cayuga County’s first-ever splash pad and pickle ball courts

The town of Owasco's new pickle ball courts and nature-themed splash park made their debut on Wednesday afternoon with the presence of the community. Also the first day of Owasco's summer recreation programming, a handful of children joined with town officials, project donors, Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce representatives and residents as the town officially opened the splash park —... more

Cayuga County taking lead to determine possible improvements to Merry-Go-Round Playhouse

The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse theater at Emerson Park is moving toward potential renovations after a Cayuga County legislative committee approved leading a state review process. The Legislature’s Public Works committee on Tuesday approved a resolution to act as the lead agency for a State Environmental Quality Review, which requires a governmental body to identify and mitigate environmental impacts of any possible... more

DEC ‘pursuing’ Owasco dairy farm for clean water violations

An Owasco dairy farm previously cited for worker housing conditions is also being investigated by the state for violating clean water regulations. In February, four adults and five children moved out of the workers’ house at Melrose Farm after a town of Owasco cease-and-desist order was issued to the farm’s owner, Joe Tidd, due to unsafe conditions at the living... more

Owasco man pleads guilty to menacing family

Last fall, authorities said Eric Simmons parked a red tractor in a family’s driveway in the town of Owasco, placed a large cutout of a black bear in the front yard and fired a shotgun before fleeing the scene with his 14-year-old son. And while Simmons said most of that was true, he disputed some of the details during a... more

More details revealed in Nature Conservancy’s $1.5 million Owasco Lake project

The Nature Conservancy plans to acquire or restore over $1.2 million worth of land in the Owasco Lake watershed to protect water quality, part of an approximately $1.5 million project that relies heavily on state funding. The conservancy was awarded over $1.1 million in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council announcement in December, one of the largest grants in... more

UPDATE: Thousands without power in Auburn-area Wednesday evening

Thousands were without power around Auburn as of 8 p.m. Reports began circulating around 7:30 p.m. that locations along the Arterial in Cayuga County — starting in the City of Auburn were without power. It’s unclear what caused the power outage. NYSEG said 3,510 were without power at the time. NYSEG was estimating that power would be restored in all... more

Keith Batman enters Assembly race to challenge Finch

Keith Batman, a former chair of the Cayuga County Legislature and past Scipio town official, has formally announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination in the 126th Assembly District race. Batman created a campaign committee last month but said at the time he hadn't made a final decision on whether he would run for state Assembly. Nearly two weeks... more

Algae-fighting buoys may be too costly for Owasco Lake

A $1.2 million proposal to scatter about 30 ultrasonic buoys at the northern end of Owasco Lake to combat harmful algae may be too costly to implement, at least for now, local officials said Thursday. LG Sonic, a company out of the Netherlands, presented its buoy system to members of the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council last month. Cyanobacteria, the... more

Owasco Lake watershed’s management plan could be complete by July 2019

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... more

Could sound waves keep harmful algal blooms from Owasco Lake?

They've worked in a New Jersey reservoir and a lake larger than Owasco Lake in Malaysia — ultra sonic buoys that keep harmful algal blooms at bay. Could it work in Owasco? A Netherlands company thinks so. LG Sonic gave an online presentation Tuesday to the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council about its system of buoys that project ultrasonic sound... more
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