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Seneca Lake is a drinking water and recreation source for our community and beyond. Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association is monitoring water quality and educating the community about best practices for our lake.  Membership dues, donations and grants help to fund our water quality monitoring programs and our efforts to preserve Seneca Lake for future generations.

Support Seneca Lake Pure Water Association’s efforts to preserve Seneca Lake for future generations by:

Seneca Lake Harmful Algae Bloom Public Forum

Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (SLPWA) invites the greater Seneca Lake community to attend a public forum about Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm. The program will highlight key aspects of the ecology and toxicity of blue-green algae, review measures taken to protect public health, and address the concerns surrounding the extensive outbreak of harmful algae blooms in Seneca Lake during the last two weeks of September 2017.  Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a question and answer session at the end of the evening.

5:30 Doors Open
SLPWA Board Members will be there to greet you and 
answer questions about our organization. 

6:00 Welcoming Remarks
Rick Weakland, SLPWA President

6:10 Ecology of HAB's / Cyanobacteria
Lisa Cleckner, Ph.D.
Director of the Finger Lakes Institute at HWS Colleges

6:30 NY Statewide View of HABs
Lewis McCaffrey, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, NYS DEC Finger Lakes Water Hub

6:50 Seneca Lake HABs Monitoring Program
Ed Przybylowicz, Ph.D.
SLPWA HABs Monitoring Program Co-Coordinator

7:10 Health Implications of HABs
James Hyde
Research Scientist, NYS Department of Health

7:30 Question-and-Answer Session
Panel of Speakers

Jump in and Join Us! Members Needed!

Now is the time to jump in and join Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association!

Membership is open to everyone who supports our mission to preserve Seneca Lake as a drinking water and recreation source for future generations.   We need your help as we work towards improving the quality of the lake and we want to be sure to invite everyone in the watershed to join SLPWA including residents, businesses and those who visit for recreational purposes.  There is power and strength in membership numbers and the more members we have the more voices we represent.

The the membership year runs from June 1st through May 31st and the annual dues are inexpensive —

  • $10 Student Membership
  •  $30 General Membership
  •  $50 Business Membership

To join SLPWA simply click on   JUMP IN! JOIN NOW  and complete the online form.

2017 Shoreline Monitoring: Volunteers Needed!

Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (SLPWA) in collaboration with the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) plans to survey and record data about Seneca Lake’s shoreline again this year.

Last summer, 45 SLPWA volunteers carried out a systematic shoreline survey project for 12 weeks in a effort to detect and alert the Seneca Lake community about Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs). The appearance of HABS seems to be related to a high level of nutrient-contaminants flowing into Seneca Lake from streams.

Over 90% of last year’s volunteers have agreed to participate in the shoreline monitoring program this year, their survey zones are marked in GREEN on the map. In an effort to get a more complete picture of where HABs appear on the lake, we hope to expand the monitoring to include the entire Seneca Lake shoreline, measuring over 75 miles.


We need your help!
Volunteers are needed to monitor the RED segments of shoreline on the map.

As a volunteer you will:

 – Attend a 2 hour Shoreline Monitoring training session.

 – Observe the same segment of shoreline for a 9 week period beginning July 30th.

– Document conditions using a digital camera or smart phone and submit a weekly report.

To learn more about this program, complete the Shoreline Monitoring Volunteer form. Simply enter your contact information and click submit and a Shoreline Monitoring team member will contact you within a few days.



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.