April 22nd Earth Day – Meetup

Interested in learning more about Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association?

Thinking about becoming a SLPWA volunteer?

Do you want to become a member?

Stop by and see us on Earth Day, April 22nd, from 1-4 pm at one of the following locations:

Glenora Wine Cellars, Grist Iron Brewery, Fulkerson Winery or Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards.

April 13th Celebrity Chef at Veraisions Restaurant to benefit SLPWA

SLPWA will participate once again in Glenora Wine Cellars’ Celebrity Chef Series. On Thursday, April 13, 2017 Rick Weakland, Hank Kimball, Tom Burrall, and Larry Martin will prepare fresh pasta dishes as SLPWA participates for the 2nd year at the popular event held at Glenora Wine Cellars’ elegant Veraisons restaurant.

For the price of $19.95 per person, each guest receive a fresh garden salad and bread basket served at the table, as well as unlimited trips to the Pasta Bar – where guests can guide our SLPWA chefs in creating their own pasta plate. Guests choose from a selection of pastas, homemade sauces and other delicious ingredients, which include meats, seafood, fresh veggies, garlic, and herbs. Attendance promises both a fun time and a delicious meal.

Each organization participating in the Celebrity Chef series receives a portion of the per plate charge for all who order from the pasta bar. SLPWA narrowly missed garnering the most patrons during last year’s series– held from January through April.  The SLPWA board hopes to be in first place this year as Glenora matches the per plate donation to the organization drawing the highest attendance to their event.

Be sure to mark your calendar for April 13th and make your reservations NOW!

Last year many would be attendants were turned away as the evening sold out. Call now to reserve your table for the SLPWA Glenora Celebrity Chef Pasta Night, Thursday, April 13th –   between 5:00 and 8:30 PM.
Better yet, call your friends/ family and reserve a table for your entire group!

For reservations, call Glenora at 800 243-5513. For parties of six or more, you can also reserve online at http://www.glenora.com/Restaurant/Reservations.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Seneca Lake Academy at Geneva

Seneca Lake Academy at Geneva

March 18, 2017

9:00am – 5:00pm Ÿ Geneva High School Auditorium

Free Admission Ÿ Register On-line: www.SenecaLakeAcademy.org


  • The Bones of Seneca Lake:  Geology as Life
    Presented by: Adrianna Hirtler, Finger Lakes Naturalist
  • Waterways, Women and Industry, and the Seneca Falls Convention
    Presented by: Walter Gable, Seneca County Historian
  • Workshop Choice
    • 20,000 Millimeters Under the Lake: Observation and Biological Drawing Workshop (for complete beginners).
    • Two Herons Drum Circle:  Drumming Workshop
  • Beyond Power:  Hydroelectric on the Seneca-Cayuga Canal
    Presented by: Julie Smith-Galvin, Gravity Renewables
  • The Honorable Harvest – made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Public Scholars program.
    Presented by:  Freida Jacques, Onondaga Clanmother
  • People, Land and Water — Stories of Sustainable Stewardship in Seneca Lake’s Watershed
    Presented by: Patricia F. Thompson, Instructor of Environmental Conservation, Finger Lakes Community College
  • Vermicomposting: Making Nutrient Rich Fertilizer and Soil from Food Waste
    Presented by: Jacob Fox, Organix Green Industries
  • Reflections of Seneca Lake
    Presented by: Geneva High School Creative Writing Class

Giving Tuesday – November 29, 2016

Support our efforts to restore the water quality of Seneca Lake!

Please consider making a contribution at www.SenecaLake.org/Donate

With your help we can:

  • Promoting the understanding, preservation and improvement of water quality.
  • Sponsoring scientific research of watersheds.
  • Encourage and support the compliance of laws and regulations.
  • Promoting patterns of development and technology to further our mission.
  • Developing a student ambassador program for local schools.

We thank you in advance for your thoughtful generosity.

PRESENTATIONS from What’s in Your Watershed – Keuka Outlet 2016


PRESENTATION: What’s In Your Watershed? Keuka Outlet
by Steve Penningroth, Executive Director Community Science Institute (CSI).

What’s In Your Watershed: Keuka Outlet

Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (SLPWA) invites the public to learn about the Keuka Lake Outlet at the upcoming  “What’s In Your Watershed?” event to be held October 27, 2016 at 5:30 pm at the Dresden Hotel (76 Main Street Dresden).

In July 2015, SLPWA in partnership with the Community Science Institute (CSI), began monitoring the Keuka Outlet, the largest tributary to Seneca Lake.  The outlet is the sole outlet of Keuka Lake and flows northeast from Penn Yan to Dresden, mid‐way on the western shore of Seneca Lake. The drainage area is largely made up of agriculture and forested land, though the outlet does receive effluent from the Penn Yan’s Waste Water Treatment Plant.  The outlet has a long history of mills and industry on its shores.

The evening will include a presentation about the history of the outlet and current land use by Peg Thomson of the Keuka Outlet Association.  Steve Penningroth, Executive Director of CSI, will present the lab results of water samples taken from the Keuka Outlet and provide an update of the Seneca Lake stream sampling results.  Refreshments will be served.

Please register for the What’s In Your Watershed event by October 24 by completing the on-line form found here.

Fundraiser: Drumming Workshop

Two Herons Drum Circle (2HDC) and Finger Lakes Independent Music Association (FLiMA) are hosting a Drumming Workshop Fundraiser to benefit Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront from 7pm to 9pm on Thursday, September 29, 2016.Tickets: Early Bird $35 (Save $10 before Sept. 28, 2016) or $45 at the door.

Register On-line: eventbrite.com

Jim Donovan, an award winning educator and founding member of the multi-platinum selling band Rusted Root, will facilitate the drumming workshop. Donovan’s workshop offers a step­-by-­step learning experience, beginners are warmly welcomed and drums are provided. Participants will learn and play exciting traditional rhythms and songs from countries all over the world such as Guinea, Ghana, Congo, Brazil, Senegal, Nigeria and the Americas.

Drumming with others is scientifically proven to improve your mood, relieve stress, increase mental focus and to support social connections. Discover why people from all over the globe have been drumming together for thousands of years. Even if you consider yourself “unmusical”, group drumming is an accessible entry point into the rewarding world of music creation.

Support the efforts of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association by attending this great event!

2016 Annual Meeting

25th Annual Meeting and Dinner Celebration!

On September 14, 2016 SLWPA will celebrate its 25th year of protecting Seneca Lake at our annual dinner and meeting to be held at Glenora Wine Cellars in Dundee, New York.

If you rely on Seneca Lake as a source of drinking water or recreation, you should attend this dinner to learn about the health of Seneca Lake and the future direction of SLPWA.

This event is open to the public, tickets are $35.00 tax deductible donation. Seating is limited, please make reservations by September 11th by completing the registration form available at: http://senecalake.org/forms/dinner/ 5:00 pm Silent Auction Bidding, Cash Bar and Music by Bob and Dee6:00 pm Picnic-style Buffet Dinner

7:00 pm Brief SLPWA Board Meeting and Closing of Silent Auction Bids

7:15 pm Guest Speakers:

Dr. John Halfman—The Changing Health of Seneca Lake Since 1990

Mr. Richard Weakland—Drafting a Strategic Plan for SLPWA’s Future

2016 Annual Meeting Presentations

ROC the Day for Seneca Lake



December 1st – ROC the DAY for SENECA LAKE on Giving Tuesday!

You can be a Seneca Lake ROCstar by choosing to make a donation to Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association from the ROC the DAY website (powered by the United Way of Greater Rochester) on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Stay tuned for more details about ROC the DAY!

Watershed Reeder Creek

October 29, 2015, “What’s In Your Watershed?”

“What’s In Your Watershed?” Reeder Creek
October 29th
Three Brothers Wineries & Estates
Lerch Rd, Geneva, NY
6 – 8 PM

Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (SLPWA), in partnership with the Community Science Institute (CSI), began monitoring Seneca Lake streams in 2014-15 for impacts from agriculture and development. SLPWA currently has more than 80 volunteers sampling four major inlets to the lake. All analysis is done at CSI’s certified lab in Ithaca, and reported on their public available website. Reeder Creek is of specific interest due its position within the Seneca Army Depot, and we’ll be reporting some interesting and alarming results. Public awareness, and support, is a critical part of SLPWA’s objective to define water quality issues and drive for improvement actions.

Walt Gable, Seneca County historian, will discuss activities at the Depot that may impact surface and ground water, including in Reeder Creek.

Steve Penningroth, Executive Director of the Community Science Institute, will present results from the 2014-15 monitoring events and discuss the types of water quality issues that may be facing Reeder Creek in the future.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend by going to our website at senecalake.org or the online registration form at http://senecalake.org/calendar/event_reg_form/ or complete and mail the enclosed card so it reaches us by October 20th.

We are always looking for more volunteers for the 2015 and future Stream Sampling Program. If you are interested in becoming a new volunteer, please check the card for appropriate stream site and return, even if you cannot attend the event.