Aims to Support Water Quality Improvement

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OWLA’s 2019 Initiatives

Owasco Lake provides drinking water to over 44,000 citizens. This year we’ve focused on 2 major initiatives to help improve the lake:

The first:

The 2019 Stream and Tributary Sampling Program that began in April and ended in June.

OWLA is now coordinating with the Watershed Inspector, the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), and the NYS DEC. It is expected that those three agencies will soon meet with the property owners of the problem sites to determine next steps.

The second:

The Ditch Remediation Program currently underway.

OWLA initiated a partnership with the SWCD, the County and local highway departments and the Watershed Inspector. The objective of this partnership is to “fix” as many as possible of the roadside ditches that have exposed soil in them. Scientists tell us that more than twenty percent of the sediment (and the Phosphorus and Nitrogen nutrients in that sediment) reaching the lake originates in the ditches themselves during heavy rain events.

The corrections are simple: hydroseed and where sides or ditch bottoms are steep, line with rock.


Seventy-five percent of the funding for the Ditch Remediation Program comes from 2 NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets grants. The grants require that the remaining 25 percent come from local sources.

That’s where we need your help:

OWLA has committed to raising the funds required to cover the local match so that the local highway departments see no additional cost for their ditch remediation work. Several local organizations have already helped. Please help us raise the additional funds required for our local match and for future lake and watershed improvement initiatives.

Make your tax deductible donation today!


There is much work yet to be done!
Making a donation today helps the watershed
now and tomorrow!

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What can you do to HELP?

Protecting Owasco Lake is essential to the maintenance of our community character and the improvement of our economic future. We encourage everyone to help the Owasco Watershed Lake Association personally and/or financially. By this commitment you will help keep Owasco Lake clean and safe.