“Speak on behalf of the lake for she cannot speak for herself”
The Owasco Watershed Lake Association exists to protect Owasco Lake. We are a citizen-based, 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation founded in 1988. Our guardianship extends beyond the lake basin across 208 square miles of watershed, the land area where every drop of falling, flowing water eventually reaches Owasco Lake.
OWLA commits itself to facilitating the strategies and activities that are designed to restore our watershed and improve water quality for both drinking and full recreational use of Owasco Lake and its watershed.
Owasco Lake is threatened!
We Need your help!! Harmful Alga Blooms and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid invasion is threatening our lake’s health!
Participate! Volunteer! Become involved:
Why Join OWLA?
• OWLA works best with more members to raise our voice loud and clear.
• Owasco Lake, as an economic engine of our region, needs ALL of our support!
• Become part of the solution with an “annual” OWLA membership. You will be doing your part to protect the vitality of the region – water is vital to our economic success!
The Latest News & Updates
OWLA Citizen Article “Petition for Owasco Lake has implications for all state watersheds” by Ann Robson
Anyone who lives in the Owasco Lake Watershed is aware there are changes happening with our water. Climate change, increasing water temperatures, violent rain events, harmful algal blooms (HABs), invasive species, and detrimental land use all combine to form a kind of...
Letter from OWLA President Ann Robson: OWLA Joins a Petition to Clarify NYS Department of Health’s Authority to Protect Drinking Water Sources
Dear OWLA members, Over the past few months, your Board of Directors, along with many in the community, have been discussing the New York State (NYS) Department of Health's position on the proposed Owasco Lake Watershed Rules and Regulations -- that it does not have...
KIM MILLS Special to The Citizen January: Remove snow and ice the lake-friendly way Look for alternatives to the standard rock salt to keep sidewalks and driveways ice-free this winter. Magnesium chloride or calcium magnesium acetate are both far less damaging to the...
OWLA gets things done!
- In response to OWLA’s urgent calls for action about the increasing presence of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in Owasco Lake, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) launched a pilot citizen shoreline surveillance program on Owasco and Seneca Lakes in 2016. Today, this program helps monitor HABs in water bodies across New York State.
- OWLA works with other water protection agencies to gather public and political support of Cayuga County’s proposed new Watershed Rules and Regulations
We need your help!
Meet the OWLA Board of Directors
OWLA is a membership organization run by volunteers!
OWLA supports our partners!
Take the Lake Friendly Living Pledge
Take action today to better care for Owasco Lake and its watershed! If you live in the watershed, tens of thousands of people who depend on Owasco Lake for drinking water need YOU to do your part. Auburnians, who live downstream of the Owasco Lake watershed, are part of the larger Oswego River/Finger Lakes watershed that other communities depend on for clean, safe water. Learn more about the Lake Friendly Living Pledge that people are taking across the Finger Lakes Region, and consider taking the pledge.
HABs Reporting in Owasco Lake
The OWLA HABs Program Volunteers monitor their assigned shoreline zones once a week from July through early October.
KNOW IT – AVOID IT – REPORT IT
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YOU Can Help OWLA!
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We need help funding our 2023 programs!
- HABs Monitoring and Testing
- Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Treatment
- Community Rain Garden
- Ditch Stabilization Program
- Other projects to help protect Owasco Lake!