OWLA’s Initiatives

Owasco Lake provides drinking water to over 44,000 citizens.

Working with our numerous partners, we will focus on 2 major initiatives to help improve the lake:


Sediment Reduction Task Force:

This task force will focus on minimizing sediments entering the lake, regardless of the source. This effort will build upon the Ditch Remediation Program started in 2019 that is still 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.



Be Watershed Aware Campaign: 

The Be Watershed Aware Campaign is a critical component in the long-term strategy to minimize the occurrence and severity of HABs in Owasco Lake.

It is based on creating an informed population of landowners, businesses, and recreational users of the Lake and the surrounding Watershed.


These 2 initiatives will require significant funding and volunteers. We will be working on numerous grants to seek financial support but we need your help as well. Please help in any way you can.

Make your tax-deductible donation today!

List of Donating Individuals and Families:

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.