Mission: Enhance and Preserve the Quality of Seneca Lake

Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association is working towards an environmentally healthy lake and watershed for today’s populace and for future generations by monitoring water quality, informing and educating the public, evaluating threats to the lake, and supporting partnerships and programs that lead to solutions and long-term best management practices.

PURE WATERS is dedicated to:

Investigating and articulating well-researched and well-reasoned positions on potential and actual threats to the waters and watershed of Seneca Lake.

Initiating and supporting successful collaborative projects that maintain and improve the lake, surrounding streams, and watershed, informing and engaging the public in discussions, forums, media presentations and web-based references about key issues within the watershed.

Developing a broad support base through increased memberships, partnerships, area-wide alliances, fundraising, and grant support.

 

We can make a difference!

Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association was formed in 1990 by a group of people with the desire to create an organization to protect Seneca Lake’s water quality. A volunteer Board of Directors representing the various interests around the lake was formed and Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (SLPWA) was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization the following year.

Over 100,000 people rely on Seneca Lake as a water source. Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association is thankful to have membership support from the greater Seneca Lake community. Membership dues, donations and grants help to fund our water quality monitoring programs and our efforts to preserve Seneca Lake for future generations.

Accomplishments:

  • 1999 – The State of the Seneca Lake Watershed a comprehensive summary assessment cosponsored by SLPWA and SLAP-5, a five county consortium was published. Over time SLAP-5 became the Seneca Lake Inter-municipal Organization with over 50 percent of the localities adopting the plan.
  • 2013 – Environmental Quality Award presented to SLPWA by the US Environmental Protection Agency for protecting public health and enhancing the environmental quality of the Seneca Lake Watershed.
  • 2014 – SLPWA launched a Stream Monitoring Program to identify and prioritize present sources of pollution entering Seneca Lake as well as to create a baseline of information against which future sources of pollution can be established. The program is an ongoing collaborative effort of SLPWA volunteers and the Community Science Institute (CSI) in Ithaca. SLPWA has roughly 60 volunteers monitor 5 streams at with up to 6 different collection points within the stream. SLPWA projects that the 2018 stream monitoring laboratory costs will exceed $31,500.00. This Stream Monitoring Program is made possible by a grant from the Tripp Foundation.
  • 2015 – SLPWA in collaboration with Finger Lakes Institute and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) established a Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) Monitoring Program 3 years ago. The program began with the HABs Hotline for reporting suspicious blooms and has grown into a full blown monitoring program with over 80 volunteers reporting weekly observations to the NYS DEC in the months of August and September.
  • 2016 – SLPWA’s Stream Monitoring efforts led to Reeder Creek being placed on the Impaired Water Body list which should lead to remediation efforts by the NYS DEC.

Officers:

President:  Rick Weakland
VP of Water Quality:  Dan Corbett
VP of Operations: 
Secretary:  Peter Muller
Treasurer: Frank Case

Administrative Assistant:

Jody Tyler
[email protected]

 Board Members:

Term Expires 2018 Term Expires 2019 Term Expires 2020
Thomas Burrall (Geneva)
Jim Carter (Burdett)
Frank Case (Romulus)
Stacy Clark (Valois)
Rick Weakland (Burdett)
Jacob Welch (Himrod)
Kelly Coughlin (Geneva)
Henry Kimball (Dundee)
Larry Martin (Penn Yan)
Peter Muller (Dundee)
Leigh Triner (Hector)
Richard Ahola (Dundee)
Bob Barton (Mecklenburg)
James Bromka (Romulus)
Dan Corbett (Himrod)
Jacob Fox (Geneva)
Sayre Fulkerson (Himrod)
William McAdoo (Geneva)
Kevin Roe (Cazenovia)
Robert Shrader (Himrod)
John Socha (Himrod)

By-laws Adopted 04-20-17