Due to frequent and unpredictable rainfall events, a section of farmland in the Seneca Lake Watershed had been experiencing persistent erosion and flooding issues. Although the farmland had been treated well with good management practices including strip crops, cover cropping, and reduced tillage practices, it still experienced significant flooding and erosion issues.
After a watershed analysis was completed of the area, a decision was made for the Yates County Soil and Water Conservation District to install two stormwater retention basins (officially referred to as Water and Sediment Control Outlet Basins). Stormwater basins have been constructed for many years around the watershed and are a proven, useful land management practice. The basins take the peak flow of water, store it, and slowly release it which reduces downslope flooding and erosion.
The basins are strategically placed in the landscape to allow for the most water storage capacity. For this project in Yates County, approximately 2,700 feet of 6-inch plastic drain tile and 600 feet of 4-inch plastic drain tile was used to outlet the water from the basins to a downslope, stable area. The basins were constructed in the middle of the farmland so extra sloping work was completed to keep the loss of farmland to a minimum. Over 1,300 cubic yards of soil were moved. After construction, only 0.3 acres of farmland were lost for the basins and the farm has seeded those areas to a wildflower mix for beneficial insects.
This project was made possible through funding by the Finger-Lakes Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance.
By Tom Eskildsen, Senior District Technician, Yates County Soil and Water Conservation District
July Radio show with Pure Waters HABs Director, Bill Roege as he talks through the upcoming HAB season, and the surprising results of last year on Seneca Lake.
2021 July - Radio Recording Bill Roege.mp3
Consider these lake friendly living tips as you celebrate this Independence Day!
Dock Plates are back again! Show your pride for Seneca Pure Waters Association and your love of Seneca Lake by showcasing a new Pure Waters custom Dock Plate. Large numbers on the Plate can be used by the sheriff and police to locate your lakeside home during an emergency. Friends that are trying to locate your home by water vessel will find the plates helpful. We want everyone to proudly display the Pure Waters logo to promote unity around the lake!
“When the number is displayed with reflective lettering on the dock lakeside (dock plate) it is so very helpful.” – Sheriff Spike, Yates County, commenting on the most critical information necessary during a lakeside emergency.
Other Important Dock Plate Features:
Seeking New Board Members
Are you interested in taking an active role in preserving the health of Seneca Lake water quality? We are seeking new active Board members to join our dedicated team of Directors to conduct the business of the organization, and strengthen the Association’s progress on our mission of preserving and protecting Seneca Lake. Board members serve three-year terms, attending one monthly Board Meeting, and are expected to be active as officers, chairpersons, co-chairs, or participants of the Association’s committees, and/or team leaders or members of our water quality programs.
If you are interested in being a Director of Seneca Pure Waters, please fill out the form below and send it to email@example.com. Questions can also be directed to Kaitlin.
Pure Waters BOD Application.doc
The stock market has been going up and many investors now find that selling stocks or mutual funds will entail a large tax expense. One common way to avoid that expense, and get a full charitable deduction (if applicable), is to directly gift highly-appreciated securities to a qualified charity.
To qualify, securities must be held for more than one year and it is best if they are common, publicly held shares. Donating the securities in this way avoids incurring capital gains taxes that would occur if one sold the securities and then donated the proceeds. The charity receives more money. In addition, if the donor itemizes deductions (beyond the standard deduction), the full value of the securities is tax-deductible.
Pure Waters now has an account with Morgan Stanley that is capable of accepting securities as contributions. If you have questions, please contact Pure Waters Director, Kaitlin Fello, at Kaitlin@Senecalake.org. To make a direct donation, contact our Morgan Stanley account manager, Steve Finewood, at Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-787-3013. Tell him that you wish to donate to Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association and he will provide the instructions for you and your securities broker.
This is a great way to help Seneca Pure Waters preserve, protect, and promote Seneca Lake water quality.
Seneca Lake is the largest of the Finger Lakes, containing as much freshwater as all the remaining Finger Lakes combined. In addition to supplying drinking water to over 100,000 residents, the majestic lake and its watershed drive our local economy through agriculture, wineries and breweries, tourism, and recreation. A healthy lake is essential for all of this to occur, not just for us, but for generations to come. We are the stewards of the lake and have a responsibility to keep threats facing the lake to a minimum.
The mission of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association is to preserve and protect Seneca Lake. By being a Pure Waters member, you are directly supporting our water quality activities and educational programs.
Seneca Pure Waters:
identifies various contamination and pollution threats to the lake and its watershed
supports research studies
develops watershed management plans in collaboration with a network of partners, and
informs municipal and citizen practices to preserve and protect the lake and its watershed.
Over 200 Pure Waters volunteers conduct water quality efforts that:
monitor Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
detect levels of increased bacteria and nutrient loads in the watershed
collect samples as part of the statewide Citizen Science Lake Assessment Program (CSLASP) that monitors lake health and its trophic status, and
survey aquatic plants as part of New York State’s Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) program.
You will be among the hundreds of Pure Waters members who care about the health and beauty of Seneca Lake!
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
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
Written by Hilary Mosher, Finger Lakes PRISM Coordinator
Join us in celebrating NY Invasive Species Awareness Week!
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!
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Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association
P.O. Box 247
Geneva, NY 14456