Newslinks and Resources for Cayuga Lake - a Finger Lake and part of the Rochester, NY area's environment
Geese in early spring on Cayuga Lake.
It's important to monitor the health of our Finger Lakes, which is a part of our regions environmental health.
- Cayuga Lake boaters asked to help hunt for hydrilla After hydrilla was discovered in Cayuga Lake near Aurora, local officials are looking for volunteers to help collect samples to better understand the extent of the plant’s infestation in the lake. Hydrilla, a highly invasive aquatic plant, was discovered in the Cayuga Inlet in 2011. Herbicide treatments and eradication efforts by the Hydrilla Task Force have been successful around Ithaca. However, the recent discovery in Aurora means the weed somehow made its way or was introduced to the northern part of the lake. (October 8, 2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Cayuga Lake and Invasive Species in our area]
- Meeting on Cayuga Lake pollution planned A study on phosphorus pollution in Cayuga Lake is set for discussion Thursday. Tompkins County's Environmental Management Council is hosting the event at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Old Jail, 125 E. Court St., Ithaca. The meeting is open to the public. The $2.1 million study, known as the Cayuga Lake Modeling Project, began in April 2013. Cornell University was required to fund the study as part of the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for its Lake Source Cooling Facility. (November 6, 2015) Ithaca Journal [more on Cayuga Lake in our area]
- Easement gift will protect more than 3,000 feet of Cayuga Lake shoreline The Finger Lakes Land Trust today announced that it has accepted the donation of a perpetual conservation easement that will secure more than 3,000 feet of Cayuga Lake shoreline as well as 58 associated acres located between the villages of Aurora and Union Springs. The conservation easement will ensure that one of Cayuga Lake’s longest stretches of undeveloped shoreline remains as it is. The easement provides for the protection of mature shoreline woodlands featuring towering cottonwoods and oaks – some of which are more than 150 years old. The agreement also provides for continued agricultural use of fields that are visible from nearby State Route 90 – the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway. (January 30, 2015) Life in the Finger Lakes [more on Cayuga Lake in our area]
- Are dangerous plastics in Cayuga Lake and Erie Canal? Cornell University graduates take a November paddleboard trip across Cayuga Lake and the Erie Canal to search for microscopic plastics that are being found throughout the worlds oceans. Christian Shaw and Gordon Middleton have been sampling Cayuga Lake and the Erie Canal for tiny pieces of plastic that have been widely found in waters all over the globe. To take their samples, the Cornell University graduates rode catamaran paddle boards this month from Ithaca and aimed for Albany via Cayuga Lake and the Erie Canal, taking water samples along the way. One goal is to look for micro beads of plastic that are an ingredient in some consumer products such as facial scrubs, shampoos and soaps and other health and beauty products. Microscopically small beads comprise from 1 percent to 4 percent of some products. (November 22, 2014) Ithaca Journal [more on Water Quality and Cayuga Lake in our area]
- Round Gobies Invade Cayuga Lake It was probably inevitable that round gobies would reach Cayuga Lake, and there is nothing we can do about them now that they are here. There is no pesticide available that would exclusively target these fish, according to Dave Lemon, a fisheries manager with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Round gobies are small, bottom-feeding fish that were brought to the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes from Europe in the fresh water carried as ballast by transatlantic ships. Last year managers confirmed their presence in Cayuga Lake. Most likely they had traveled through the canal system linking the lake with Lake Ontario by themselves, although someone might have introduced them as a bait fish. (May 28, 2014) Ithaca.com [more on Invasive Species and Cayuga Lake in our area]
- Cayuga Lake lake sturgeon stocking gives the threatened species a boost (See video) It's been a long time coming, but lake sturgeon are finally coming back in certain waterways across the state. Local lake sturgeon numbers got a boost this past week when state Department of Environmental Conservation staff stocked 2,500 fingerlings from a boat, and also from shore at the Cayuga Lake State Park boat launch on Cayuga Lake's northwestern end. The fingerlings, averaging 6 inches, were raised at the DEC's Oneida fish hatchery in Constantia on Oneida Lake. The DEC began efforts to bring back lake sturgeon in 1994, stocking Oneida Lake, Cayuga Lake and several other rivers across the state. Lake sturgeon were last stocked in Cayuga Lake back in 2000, said Emily Zollweg-Horan, a DEC aquatic biologist responsible for managing the Cayuga Lake fisheries. (October 11, 2013) Syracuse.com [more on Cayuga Lake and Wildlife in our area]
- Cayuga Lake Inlet hydrilla treatment set to resume ITHACA — Aquatic biologist Bob Johnson plunged a post-hole digger into Cayuga Lake Inlet’s murky waters and pulled up a problem that is expected to cost taxpayers millions. Anchored near the Cornell University boat house Tuesday, Johnson used the post-hole digger to sample the inlet for hydrilla growth. With his second sample, Johnson found a 5-inch tall sprig of hydrilla. “They’re very short now — down next to the sediment,” Johnson said. “We need growth for the (herbicide) to work, and then that will kill the plant within a short period of time.” (July 4, 2013) Ithaca Journal [more on Cayuga Lake and Invasive Species in our area]
- DEC wants Cayuga Lake study ITHACA — The southern end of Cayuga Lake was identified as high-priority for cleanup a decade ago, and now the state is looking for Cornell University to fund a study of the impaired section of water. The DEC is considering making Cornell pay for a Total Daily Maximum Load study as part of permit renewal for the university’s Lake Source Cooling facility. Lake Source Cooling provides some university buildings with air conditioning but discharges effluent in the lake’s southern end. The public comment period for the renewal of Lake Source Cooling’s permit ends Wednesday, which is an extension of the original deadline. (December 16, 2012) The Ithaca Journal [more on Cayuga Lake in our area]
- Cornell to partner with DEC, local stakeholders on Cayuga Lake water quality The New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) will work with Cornell and local stakeholders to do a comprehensive study of Cayuga Lake, according to a DEC announcement, Oct. 19. As part of a draft permit for Cornell's Lake Source Cooling project, the university will undertake a $2.1 million study to model the sources and impacts of the nutrient phosphorus. The DEC will use the model to develop a total maximum daily load (TMDL) allocation for phosphorus in the lake's southern end. This is a regulatory process designed to bring southern Cayuga Lake into compliance with water quality standards and goals, by setting maximum levels on phosphorus inputs. (October 19, 2012) Cornell Online [more on Cayuga Lake in our area]
- Cornell to partner with DEC, local stakeholders on Cayuga Lake water quality The New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) will work with Cornell and local stakeholders to do a comprehensive study of Cayuga Lake, according to a DEC announcement, Oct. 19. As part of a draft permit for Cornell's Lake Source Cooling project, the university will undertake a $2.1 million study to model the sources and impacts of the nutrient phosphorus. The DEC will use the model to develop a total maximum daily load (TMDL) allocation for phosphorus in the lake's southern end. This is a regulatory process designed to bring southern Cayuga Lake into compliance with water quality standards and goals, by setting maximum levels on phosphorus inputs. )October 19, 2012) Cornell Chronicle Online [more on Cayuga Lake in our area]
- $2.1M water study by DEC, Cornell planned for Cayuga Lake The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Cornell University announced a joint effort that they say will limit the impact of nutrient phosphorous in Cayuga Lake, although a local environmental firm questions the project. Cornell will conduct a $2.1 million water-quality study under the plan, which the DEC will then evaluate to determine a total maximum daily load, or TMDL, of phosphorous that can be safely discharged into the lake. While the study is being conducted, the amount of phosphorus discharges from the university’s Lake Source Cooling facility will be reduced for an interim period as required by the draft State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. (October 21, 2012) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Cayuga Lake in our area]
- DEC, Cornell and Local Stakeholders to Work Together on Improving Cayuga Lake Water Quality Draft Cooling Discharge Permit for Cornell University Available for Public Comment Draft Permit Includes TMDL and $2.1 Million Study of Cayuga Lake by Cornell Under the terms of a draft permit, Cornell University will undertake a $2.1 million study to fully identify the sources and impacts of nutrient phosphorus to support the development of a total maximum daily load or TMDL, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced today. DEC is accepting comments on the draft State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit to address water releases from Cornell University's Lake Source Cooling facility. (October 13, 2012) NYS DEC Newsroom [more on Cayuga Lake in our area]
- Paddlers take on Cayuga Lake Group aims to keep lake pristine Now, once again Crimmins, along with dozens of other paddlers, will take on the challenge, this time for an event by the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network to raise awareness of the dangers facing the lake and stir activism for its preservation. Planned for Sept. 8, the event “Can You Canoe Cayuga?” begins at 6:30 a.m. from Cayuga Lake State Park in Seneca Falls on the lake’s western shore. From there, checkpoints at Dean’s Cove Marine Park, Sheldrake Winery and Taughannock Falls State Park will be set up for paddlers on the way to a finish at Cass Park in Ithaca by about 6 p.m. (August 19, 2012) Ithaca Journal [more on Cayuga Lake in our area]
- DEC Begins Emergency Rule-Making for Hydrilla Infestation Treatment - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation adopted an emergency rule to allow for herbicide treatment to combat hydrilla, an invasive plant species that has plagued parts of the Cayuga Inlet since last summer, the agency announced today. "Immediate action is necessary to stop the spread of hydrilla to preserve native plants and indigenous aquatic ecosystems throughout New York state," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. "By amending the regulation to allow the use of fluridone pellets, DEC is helping control the infestation of a destructive species that threatens the Finger Lakes economy and habitat." (May 9, 2012) Press Releases - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation [more on Cayuga Lake in our area]
- Cayuga Lake monitoring plan presented - ITHACA - The public had an opportunity Wednesday night to learn about an expanded, comprehensive monitoring plan to help identify sources of pollution in southern Cayuga Lake. About 30 people attended the meeting to hear about and provide input on the program, developed through a partnership involving the County’s Water Resources Council and Cornell University staff and faculty. The plan, drafted by the community partnership (July 1, 08) New York State News on the Net!
- DEC: Lake Source Cooling has no impact No deal yet for CU to reduce monitoring sites - A regional engineer from the state Department of Environmental Conservation asserts that, based on information available to the state, Lake Source Cooling has had no impact on water quality in southern Cayuga Lake. Cornell and the Tompkins County Water Resources Council requested in August that the DEC allow Cornell to reduce the number of monitoring locations specific to Lake Source Cooling so they can shift resources to other monitoring and research in the lake that they describe as more “strategic,” “optimal” and “lake-based.” (Nov 21, 07) The Ithaca Journal - www.theithacajournal.com - Ithaca, NY
- Hunt for drinking water begins More south county wells come under investigation While waiting for help from the Environmental Protection Agency, county officials are on the hunt for suitable drinking water for Aurelius, Fleming and Springport residents whose wells are contaminated with toxic chemicals. (December 8, 2000) The Citizen, Auburn Publishers Inc. Auburn, NY
- Cayuga Lake land given to state Thanks to an anonymous donor from Ithaca, Central New Yorkers are now able to enjoy open space along Cayuga Lake that will be protected for future generations of people, plants and animals. August 16, 2000) Syracuse Online.
- Cayuga Land Claim In opening statements Monday, lawyers in the Cayuga Indian land claim trial told jurors to get ready for a battle of expert witnesses. --1/25/00 RRNews.
- Land claim trial starting Monday, Jan 21 2000 12:00AM By, SYRACUSE — Rumors that a potential juror had been contacted by an “outside source” did not stop U.S. District Court Judge Neal P. McCurn from seating a jury for the Cayuga Indian land claim case yesterday.--1/22/00 Finger Lakes Times Online
- Grant to pay for Cayuga Lake steward (Feb. 28, 2000)--DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
- Cayuga Lake faces problems and promise Peaceful giant tugged by battles over land and water --12/13/99 DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
If you live near Cayuga Lake perhaps one of these resources can be a way for you to become involved with your lake's health.
- The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network is a community organization with citizens, businesses, associations, and local governments from throughout the Cayuga Lake Watershed. Members protect and improve the ecological health and overall beauty of the watershed, which supports thriving and prosperous communities. Located in the Finger Lakes Region of central New York, the watershed is comprised of three counties with lake shoreline (Cayuga, Seneca and Tompkins) and four counties (Cortland, Ontario, Schuyler, and Tioga) in the uplands of the watershed.
- Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency. The Water Quality Management Agency was established by County Legislative Resolution in November 1990. The purposes of the CCWQMA are: to effectively plan, set and implement realistic goals for watershed management programs; to coordinate the activities and responsibilities of the various member agencies; and to allow for greater interaction with the public in the process of developing watershed protection programs and addressing water quality issues.
- The Cayuga Lake Defense Fund Providing Information on the Cayuga Lake
- Cayuga Lake Watershed Management Cayuga Lake is the centerpiece of the Finger Lakes. From its southern headwaters, which form some of the region's most spectacular gorges and waterfalls, the lake stretches nearly forty miles to its northern outlet at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.It is the longest, widest and has the largest drainage basin of the eleven Finger Lakes.
- Cayuga Nature Center Visitors to Cayuga Nature Center can explore the wonders of the natural world first hand. The CNC houses over 40 live Animals in both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Explore our Butterfly House seasonally from June to August. Climb 50 feet into the tre canopy in Treetops, our six story observational tree-house. Or simply enjoy the outdoors while walking our five miles of interpretive trails, which meander through a mature deciduous forest, along gorges and streams, and past a variety of native plants and wildlife. Vistors to our Smith Woods property in Trumansburg can explore a rare old growth forest.