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  • 06/18/2021 12:47 PM | Jody Tyler (Administrator)


    As summer sets in and long holiday weekends are enjoyed with friends and families around Seneca Lake, the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association is proud to partner with Wegmans Food Market of Geneva, NY, to bring residents a new Lake-Friendly LED flare option. 

    Wegmans across the Finger Lakes will sell both 2-packs and 6-packs of LED Flares, and will donate $1 per flare to a local Lake Association Between June 10th and September 25, 2021.

    These flares provided a clean solution to the standard chemical flare that leaves a pollutant residue in or beside the lake after one use.  They are battery operated and are great to keep in your car or boat for emergencies, and of course for family gatherings on holidays and throughout the year!

    Click Here to let us know if you plan to purchase LED flares at Wegmans this summer to support Seneca Lake health and Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association!

    Read more about the LED Flare initiative across the Finger Lakes and about the inventor from Canandaigua Here.

    Prepared by Kaitlin Fello



  • 06/17/2021 9:36 AM | Kaitlin Fello (Administrator)

    Listen in to the June Radio show with Finger Lakes News Radio's Ted Baker and Seneca Pure Waters' Membership and Fundraising Chair, Peg Focarino.

    In the middle of our Membership Campaign, Peg discusses the importance and benefits of membership, and hopes for all watershed residents to join!

    2021 June - Radio Recording Peg Focarino.mp3

  • 05/31/2021 12:58 PM | Kaitlin Fello (Administrator)

    Invasive Species Awareness Week 2021 in the Finger Lakes 

    Written by Hilary Mosher, Finger Lakes PRISM Coordinator 


    Join us in celebrating NY Invasive Species Awareness Week!

    • Do you want to paddle and learn about aquatic invasive plant species?
    • How about a guided invasive species hike in the Canandaigua watershed or map invasive species at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge?
    • Can’t leave your desk? Then join our Finger Lakes National Forest Botanist for a webinar on ecological landscaping to promote native plants
    • Visit our tabling events at Watkins Glen State Park, Cayuga Nature Center, and the Museum of the Earth

    We look forward to celebrating this special week with you and our partners. Keep your eyes open for our event lineup on social media and our website. We look forward to ‘seeing’ you next week! 

    Sunday, June 6

    • “Owasco Paddles and the Finger Lakes PRISM presents an in-depth look at the plants on Owasco Lake.” Just rent your kayak or SUP and our staff will teach you to identify and report the plants you find. BONUS- you get an additional half hour rental free! TIME: 9am-12pm. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/43wwu3fs  or email Megan Harris at mharris@hws.edu for more information
    • “What You Can Do at Home about Ithaca's Invasives.” Join the Ithaca Conservation Board to manage invasive species on their landscape while learning about the importance of controlling these species. Facebook postings daily from the homes of Conservation Board members in the Town of Ithaca. Like us on Facebook to join the program!

    Monday, June 7

    • “What You Can Do at Home about Ithaca's Invasives.” Join the Ithaca Conservation Board to manage invasive species on their landscape while learning about the importance of controlling these species. Facebook postings daily from the homes of Conservation Board members in the Town of Ithaca. Like us on Facebook to join the program!

    Tuesday, June 8

    • What You Can Do at Home about Ithaca's Invasives.” Join the Ithaca Conservation Board to manage invasive species on their landscape while learning about the importance of controlling these species. Facebook postings daily from the homes of Conservation Board members in the Town of Ithaca. Like us on Facebook to join the program!

    Wednesday, June 9

    • “Invasive Species Mapping” at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, TIME: 9am. Contact Nicholas_Vermeulen@fws.gov or call 315-568-5987 to register
    • ‘A Lake Association’s Experiences with Chemical Treatment of starry stonewort.’ Webinar. TIME: 10am, Email David Carr @ dcarr@hws.edu for more information or to register.
    •  “Join our FORCES folks at Watkins Glen State Park to talk all things invasive!” NYS Parks and FORCES staff will be tabling from 10am – 3pm with handouts and giveaways. 
    •  “What You Can Do at Home about Ithaca's Invasives.” Join the Ithaca Conservation Board to manage invasive species on their landscape while learning about the importance of controlling these species. Facebook postings daily from the homes of Conservation Board members in the Town of Ithaca. Like us on Facebook to join the program!

    Thursday, June 10

    • “Invasive species:  Identification and Local Prevention and Control Programs.” Join Cayuga County Department of Planning for this deep dive into current programs to prevent the spread and impact of invasive species. TIME: 10am. Register here: Join the meeting  Join the meeting https://8x8.vc/cayuga/michele.wunderlich) To join by phone instead: +1 209-844-4600, 97535640#
    • “What You Can Do at Home about Ithaca's Invasives.” Join the Ithaca Conservation Board to manage invasive species on their landscape while learning about the importance of controlling these species. Facebook postings daily from the homes of Conservation Board members in the Town of Ithaca. Like us on Facebook to join the program!

    Friday, June 11

    • “Guided Invasive Species hike with Canandaigua Lake Association.” We will be leading a guided hike/workshop where participants can learn firsthand how to identify and remove invasive species that threaten our natural ecosystems. Learn to use the iMapInvasives tool so you will be equipped to continue to report species as you enjoy your own hikes all year long. TIME: 10am. Parking can be found along NY-245, in front of the DEC building near Naples Community Park. We will gather on the South side of NY-245, adjacent to the creek at 10:00 am.
    • “What You Can Do at Home about Ithaca's Invasives.” Join the Ithaca Conservation Board to manage invasive species on their landscape while learning about the importance of controlling these species. Facebook postings daily from the homes of Conservation Board members in the Town of Ithaca. Like us on Facebook to join the program!
       Saturday, June 12
    • “What's in the Water? Aquatic Plant Sampling Tour on Keuka Lake.” Take a paddle with us and learn about AIS in your waters then head over to Steuben Brewery for a follow-up discussion and Q/A. TIME: 10am-2pm
    • “What You Can Do at Home about Ithaca's Invasives.” Join the Ithaca Conservation Board to manage invasive species on their landscape while learning about the importance of controlling these species. Facebook postings daily from the homes of Conservation Board members in the Town of Ithaca. Like us on Facebook to join the program!


  • 04/20/2021 3:32 PM | Kaitlin Fello (Administrator)

    A great success on Saturday at the Earth Day protest to oppose the Greenidge Generation Bitcoin Mining Operation. Thank you to Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake Guardian, A Waterkeeper AffiliateVinny Aliperti, Michael Warren Thomas, and other organizers who brought concerned citizens together to show the Town of Torrey Planning Board that the Greenidge expansion should wait for an environmental study.

    Seneca Pure Waters President, Jake Welch, spoke at the rally (8:20), which can be viewed entirely here.

    In addition, a case study of Greenidge Power Plant was developed ahead of the Town of Torrey decision on Monday night, by a group of Hobart and William Smith Colleges professors, and can be viewed below.

    Prepared by Martin Roeck, Thomas Drennen, John Halfman


    Click the slide above to view full case study.

  • 04/20/2021 3:13 PM | Kaitlin Fello (Administrator)

    Written by Kaitlin Fello and Rich Adams

    Photo by D.E.C.

    It’s Spring in the Finger Lakes, and has felt like it now for almost two months.  Of course, we can never really be sure when a winter day will find us again, at least until May arrives.  With 2021 being one of the warmest Spring we’ve seen in years, nuisance algae will hit Seneca Lake shores early this year and will begin to let off the foul smell we sometimes refer to as “rotten eggs”.

    There are many species of this filamentous, attached algae, but the most prevalent in Seneca Lake are known as Cladophora and Spirogyra.  These species of algae are different from the floating (or “planktonic”) forms of algae in that their cell assemblage structures are long and fibrous (can be several inches long), and they are attached to hard bottom lake surfaces, like rocks or wood. This algae is not invasive, but when it proliferates, it can be quite a nuisance. 

    In most summers, we see this nuisance algae detach from hard surfaces and wash ashore in late June or July, but you may see it early and in abundance this year.  When the filamentous algae does reach your shores and begins to build up, the anaerobic conditions causes the conversion of sulfur compounds into smelly sulfides and other compounds, similar to anaerobic sewage. Although these conditions are temporary, lasting until the muck washes away in vigorous storm or wind events, they are a definite annoyance.  Also, anaerobic conditions in water can harbor unwanted bacteria, so contact in these muck zones should be avoided.

    There are a few ways to deal with this stinking issue quickly and quietly on your own property.  One option is to rake the shoreline piles away from the water, spreading it out so it will dry rapidly, which will break the foul smell. These algae are also great for compost!  They are full of the nutrients your compost needs to break down other organics in your compost pile. Proper layering of algae in composting is important, so be sure to learn more before moving ahead with this option.  If you don’t have a compost pile to nurture, you might consider using algae as a fertilizer! Algae is made up of living organisms and breaks down quickly when added to soil, adding phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium.

    Please visit the NYDEC Cladophora webpage to learn more about this nuisance algae.

  • 04/19/2021 6:40 PM | Kaitlin Fello (Administrator)

    Consumers Encouraged to Follow U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Disposal Directions to Prevent Spread of Harmful Invasive Species

    Pet Stores Urged to Remove Moss Balls Immediately

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is urging pet and aquarium stores and consumers to immediately remove and properly dispose of commercially purchased "moss balls" for aquariums after invasive zebra mussels were discovered inside and on some of these products, as reported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Consumers should be advised that moss ball products purchased from PetSmart and Petco may be subject to a voluntary product recall.

    Read the rest of the D.E.C. article HERE

  • 04/19/2021 6:22 PM | Kaitlin Fello (Administrator)

    What happens around your home matters.   

    Small changes can make a big difference.

    In May, 2020, we launched the new program, and we thank all of our members and watershed residents who took the pledge to be lake friendly using the resources and educational outreach Pure Waters and our partners provide. 

    And now, a year later, our focus on small changes continues and are amplified with the collaborative efforts by other Finger Lakes.  Strength in numbers makes a big difference too!!  Seven Finger Lakes (Canandaigua, Cayuga, Keuka, Otisco, Owasco, Seneca, Skaneateles,) have teamed up to promote Lake Friendly Living across the region.  Together, as the Lake Friendly Living Coalition of the Finger Lakes, we are excited to announce our inaugural Lake Friendly Living Awareness Week, scheduled for May 2 - 8, 2021.  The week includes a series of educational webinars on many topics with special experts. The webinars are free and open to the public.  Registration is required.  To learn more about the webinars and to register, go to www.flrwa.org/lake-friendly-living

    If your schedule does not allow for participation during Awareness Week, there are many other ways to learn and apply lake friendly practices.  Start with our program resources at https://senecalake.org/LakeFriendlyLiving

    Know that your efforts do make a difference and as you learn more and TAKE THE PLEDGE, be sure to share with friends and family.  We offer Lake Friendly Living yard signs to show your support. Thank you for being Lake Friendly!



  • 04/19/2021 6:12 PM | Kaitlin Fello (Administrator)

    Written by Kelly Coughlin

    With 38 miles of ever-changing conditions along its shoreline, Seneca Lake is under the watchful gaze of residents around the lake, including 40 intrepid volunteers who help with baseline and storm monitoring of Seneca Lake streams--Big Stream, Catharine Creek, Kashong Creek, Reeder Creek, and Keuka Outlet.

    Assessing water quality conditions is one of the key pillars of Pure Waters’ efforts. We accomplish this work through several comprehensive water quality monitoring projects that include stream sampling and cyanobacteria (HABs) monitoring. Since 2014, we have been monitoring trends in stream water quality to evaluate the impact of streams on Seneca Lake.  With the help of a dedicated volunteer team, water samples are collected from more than a dozen sites across the watershed. Samples are analyzed for bacteria (E. coli), total suspended solids, nutrients such as nitrate-nitrite and phosphorus, and water temperature.  This year, Pure Waters began its sampling for the season a bit earlier than prior years, on March 15, to better capture the impact of runoff from snowmelt.  A second baseline event is scheduled for June, and we’ll also be targeting two high flow events following rainstorms, hopefully this spring or early summer. Tests are conducted by our laboratory partner Community Science Institute, visit their website to see the latest Seneca Lake water quality test results along with an interactive map of sampling locations.



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Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association

P.O. Box 247

Geneva, NY 14456

Email: Info@SenecaLake.org



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