Seneca Lake PURE WATERS Association
is here to Preserve, Protect, and Promote
Seneca Lake water quality for ALL who have
the privilege of knowing it.
As a non-profit organization, Pure Waters depends on memberships and donations to build programs
that work to resolve the diverse set of threats that Seneca Lake and its watershed residents face.
Learn more about what you can do to help.
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Remove snow and ice the lake friendly way!
Did you know that Seneca Lake has the highest salinity levels of all the Finger Lakes? Salt mines in Watkins Glen and Seneca Lake tributaries (streams) contribute in large part to the salinity of Seneca Lake. It's important that every household plays a part in protecting the water quality of Seneca by minimizing or eliminating use of salt to melt snow and ice.
Alternate solutions include:
1. Shoveling snow soon after snow falls.
2. Use alternate melting/traction methods.
Materials such as cat litter, sand, sawdust, and Magic Salt are all proven methods to eliminate the use of salt to deal with snow and ice. Try one of these readily available items!
3. Limit spaces that need snow removal.
Reduce the need to use salt by minimizing extra walkways and driveway space that lead to rarely used entryways. Don't worry, they'll still be there in the Spring!