Newslinks and Resources for Conesus Lake - a Finger Lake and part of the Rochester, NY area's environment
Conesus Lake is one of Western New York's smaller Finger Lakes. Conesus Lake snapshot - Length: 7.8 miles. - Average width: .66 of a mile. - Average Depth: 37.7 feet. (More than 90 percent of the lake is less than 45 feet deep.) - Maximum Depth: 66.3 feet. - Shoreline Length: 18.4 miles. - Web site: For more information on Conesus Lake and its watershed report: www.co.livingston.state.ny.us/lakerpt.htm. from Democrat and Chronicle 11/11/02
It's important to monitor the health of our Finger Lakes, which is a part of our regions environmental health.
- Blue-green algae on Conesus Lake Livingston County, N.Y. – The Health Department says blue-green algae blooms are prevalent in Conesus Lake, especially in the northern end of the Lake. “We’re trying to be optimistic for the holiday weekend,” said Mark Grovanz, Environmental Health Director. “We’re doing everything we can to clear it but we’re dealing with Mother Nature here so there’s only so much we can do.” (August 28, 2014) WHAM Rochester [more on Conesus Lake in our area]
- Dangerous algae blooms found in part of Conesus Lake The Livingston County Health Department is warning people who are planning on spending time along Conesus Lake about blue-green algae. (August 20, 2014) WHEC [more on Water Quality and Conesus Lake in our area]
- Geneseo Town Board discusses algae on Lake GENESEO — Recent concern over blue-green algae in Conesus Lake became a topic of discussion at the special Geneseo Town Board meeting that was held at Long Point Park on Thursday. Blue-green algae is a naturally occurring part of the Conesus Lake ecosystem, though when found in high concentration, these tiny, floating organisms may pose a risk to lake residents. Cathy Higgins, inspector for the Conesus Lake Watershed, refers to these highly concentrated clouds of algae as "blooms." Blooms usually form in warm, shallow waters and have often been linked with drastic weather patterns. They tend to gather along the shoreline, particularly on the east side of Conesus, though sightings have been reported in areas all over the lake. Due to the sometimes-toxic nature of the blooms, the Conesus Lake Watershed Council strives to increase community awareness about the problem. (August 9, 2013) Genesee Sun [more on Water Quality and Conesus Lake in our area]
- Neighbors work to keep the yuck out of Conesus - Project cuts fertilizer runoff that feeds algae — LAKEVILLE — You can't fight physics. The rain that falls atop hills surrounding Conesus Lake will flow down, rushing over the rich soils of cornfields and rolling by placid cows. It will find paths through manure piles and across chemically enhanced lawns. When it reaches the lake, delivering a nutrient-saturated jolt, it will feed the growths of algae that threaten the lake's health. (February 2, 2006) Democrat and Chronicle
- Swimming Unsafe in Conesus Lake - Heavy rains have put a damper on swimming in one Livingston County lake. The county's health department is prohibiting swimming, wading or playing in the north end of Conesus Lake. ( June 18, 2005) R News: As It Happens, Where It Happens
- Democrat & Chronicle: Conesus Lake weed-control project protested — AVON — About 25 people protested Monday against a plan to spray a herbicide on a section of Conesus Lake in Groveland. The regional office of the state Department of Environmental Conservation in Avon is expected to make a decision any day now on the permit application by the Conesus Lake Association. (June 17, 2003) Democrat and Chronicle
- Democrat & Chronicle: Livonia to vote on park expansion — LIVONIA — Residents vote today on hether the town should go ahead and borrow up to $600,000 to buy land to expand Vitale Park. The six-acre parcel is adjacent to the 3.5-acre town park off Route 20A in Lakeville. The waterfront property is on the north end of Conesus Lake. (May 23, 2003) Democrat and Chronicle
- Democrat & Chronicle: Conesus Lake towns looking at soil erosion— Treatment plants make the water in Conesus Lake fit to drink. But Livingston County officials and residents are working to pinpoint ways to make the lake even cleaner so it’s fit to play in and be around. Weeds and algae flourish there, along with E. coli bacteria and zebra mussels -- contributing factors to the lake’s murkiness. (November 11, 2002) Democrat and Chronicle
- Democrat & Chronicle: Conesus group seeks herbicide permit — The Conesus Lake Association has distributed handbooks on how to control weed growth in the lake and wants to spray herbicides for the first time in hopes of killing weeds near shores and docks. Both initiatives are aimed at tackling a pesky problem that has invaded the closest of the Finger Lakes to Rochester. The weeds along the scenic shoreline during summer create noxious smells, murky water and nuisances for boaters, swimmers and fishermen. (April 28, 2002) DemocratandChronicle.co
- Democrat & Chronicle: Conesus Lake pollution causes concern Residents and Livingston County officials are discussing ways to remedy pollution that has plagued Conesus Lake, considering such solutions as using machines to cut weeds, extending sewer lines and improving stream banks. (April 17, 2002) DemocratandChronicle.com
- Democrat & Chronicle: Fuel leaks into Conesus Lake — LIVONIA -- Diesel fuel leaked into Conesus Lake on Sunday night after a spill from a tractor trailer, the Livingston County Sheriff's Department said. About 30 gallons of fuel spilled on Camp Run Drive at about 8:45 p.m. from a parked truck's gas tank, police said. Lakeville Fire Department and the Livingston County Haz-Mat Response Unit responded to the spill. (April 15, 2002) DemocratandChronicle.com
- Conesus Lake erosion targeted Proposed Livingston law would put tighter control on development runoff GENESEO-- Livingston County officials are proposing a law to regulate erosion around Conesus Lake, a first step in remedying pollution woes that have plagued the closest Finger Lake to Rochester. (Thursday, June 21, 2001) - DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
- Conesus Lake voters seek more clout - About half of the 2,800 property owners on the shores of Conesus Lake are registered to vote in Livingston County. (Sunday, April 22, 2001) --DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
- Conesus Lake's problems detailed Residents hear report that will shape strategies to fight pollution. (March 28, 2001) -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
- Conesus Lake study calls for monitoring pollution Status not dire but system is fragile, say scientists. Conesus Lake needs continued monitoring and greater scrutiny to ensure that current levels of pollution do not swell and jeopardize the lake's health, according to a highly anticipated report on the lake's condition. (Wednesday, March 21, 2001) -DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
- Water Advisory Continues On Conesus Lake; Ontario Beach OK --7/01/99--RochesterToday News
- Efforts intensify to clean Conesus Lake ---7/08/99 DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE Digital
- E-Coli bacteria found in Conesus Lake There’s a major stink at Conesus Lake, and residents living on the water are furious. E-Coli bacteria has been found along the shorelines, and the lake may now become a health hazard. ---7/26/99 --TOP NEWS From WHEC, and MSNBC
- Conesus' E. coli problem recedes After a summer of health alerts, new tests show diminished bacteria in the lake -10/01/99 DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
If you live near Conesus Lake perhaps one of these resources can be a way for you to become involved with your lake's health.
- Conesus Lake Information and resources on Conesus Lake.
- Conesus Lake Association The Conesus Lake Association - the CLA - is a not-for-profit organization that has been working for over 70 years to promote the health, safety and welfare of the permanent and seasonal residents of Conesus Lake.
- Conesus Lake - Main
- Conesus Lake - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
- Conesus Lake
- SUNY Brockport Conesus Lake
- Conesus Lake: Information from Answers.com