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News from the Skaneateles Lake Association

A New Year Begins

At the January 3d Board of Directors meeting of the Skaneateles Lake Association plans for our 7th year of efforts to keep the waters of Skaneateles Lake clear and pure were defined.

Our Milfoil control program is being expanded with the purchase and preparation of another acre of Benthic matting so that we can increase the number of Milfoil patches we are able to mat and keep smaller patches from getting larger.

Our Invasive Species Monitoring Steward Program will continue with Stewards being in place at the State Boat Launch daily and the Town of Skaneateles (Mandana) and Town of Scott boat launches on the weekends. We also will plan to have our Stewards in place if the launch at Glen Haven is improved with dredging and becomes more heavily used. We would like to plan to extend the period of coverage at the State Boat Launch through September. This would probably require looking for Stewards who are not students as so many of them become unavailable in late August. We are hoping we can find people in the community who would take on these temporary positions. Expanding the time period of coverage through September will also require more funding which can only be accomplished with more memberships. The State Boat Launch is heavily used by local, out of town and out of state boaters and it is essential that we protect the lake from invasive species that could be brought in from other bodies of water. As we stated previously, last year about 4% of the boats inspected by our Stewards came to the launch sited with plant or animal material on the watercraft or trailers….that is over 160 potential incidents of the introduction of other or additional invasive species into Skaneateles Lake. None of the plant or animal material removed was identified as being problematic but it only takes one.

The Board has set Sunday, July 9th for our 2017 annual meeting to be held in the “highlands” of Skaneateles Lake at the Niles property of Janet and Bill Stinson. The view of Skaneateles Lake from this property is the kind of view that inspires photographers and artists, but the view like so many of the views of the lake is a gift to anyone who has the opportunity to enjoy it. So mark your calendar today and plan to take the opportunity to enjoy the gift of this view on Sunday afternoon, July 9th from 5 – 7 pm.

Andy Zepp, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust gave a presentation to the Board on the Land Trust’s s Regional Conservation Agenda emphasizing Ten Conservation Strategies for the Finger Lakes Region to save the lands and waters that sustain agriculture, tourism and quality of life in the Finger Lakes. He noted that the strategies specifically focus on Skaneateles Lake. The Conservation Agenda will require extensive funding which must come from governmental entities/agencies, as well as, private donations. The Board of Directors of the Skaneateles Lake Association voted to have the Skaneateles Lake Association, Inc. officially support endorse the Land Trust’s Regional Conservation Agenda.

Our 2016 Membership Campaign has come to an end and while we are pleased with a slight increase in membership from 704 in 2015 to 720 in 2016, we are disappointed in the several hundred of those who benefit from the quality of water in Skaneateles Lake and yet have never contributed to the efforts of the SLA. The first group of people on that list of non contributors that is so disappointing is the group of owners of property with lake frontage or lake rights. But in addition to that group, there are also far too many who benefit from the lake as a source of recreation with all kinds of watercraft, as a source of customers for local business and contractors and, of course, as a source of drinking water. We encourage anyone in this group to visit our website and learn more about what we do to protect the recreational and drinking water source provided by Skaneateles Lake. We ask owners of rental property, contactors and vendors of property services to consider the business generated by those who come to Skaneateles because they are drawn here by this beautiful lake. All of these groups of people need to ask themselves what would it mean if Skaneateles Lake were not the treasure it is and then go to our website at SkaneatelesLake.org, click on the “become a member” tab and join us in our efforts. If you do not have access to the Internet please call 315-685-9106 as and ask for a Member Registration Form to be

News from the Skaneateles Lake Association

It will take more (members) to do more!                           Fran Rotunno Fish

Milfoil Team Report: This past summer the Milfoil Team matted 5 acres of large milfoil patches. They also hand harvested small areas of milfoil around the patches and in other areas. The post season survey demonstrates good results, but smaller patches of milfoil are popping up. All milfoil anywhere in the lake has the potential for fragmenting and settling in to grow elsewhere in the lake.

Invasive Species Monitoring Steward Report: The SLS Stewards were on duty at the NYS Boat Launch daily and the Towns of Skaneateles and Scott launches and the Glen Haven Launch on weekends. They inspected over 4000 watercraft and trailers launching into the lake and 4% of those (160) came to the launch sites with plant or animal material on them that had to be removed. While none of the watercraft or trailers had the dreaded Hydrilla on them, it would only take one, launched when a Steward was not on duty, to bring Hydrilla to Skaneateles Lake. Please see July 25th 2015 article from the Skaneateles Press by Paul Torrisi on SkaneatelesLake.org under the News/Events Tab.

What the SLA Board would like to do in response to these two reports:

  1. Purchase the materials necessary (benthic matting and cable) to prepare an additional acre of matting to be used on the smaller patches of milfoil that are popping up. Cost – $10,000 – $15,000 – which equals 100 – 150 NEW members would be needed to cover the cost of just the purchase and preparation of the materials.
  2. Expand the hours and the season of days that Stewards are on duty. We are seeing many out of state boats being brought in by visitors, renters and those participating in fishing derbies. We have to have our Stewards on duty to ensure the watercraft and trailers brought to be launched are clean, drained and dry. Cost – $10,000 – which equals 100 NEW memberships.

If you are a waterfront owner, an owner with lake rights, keep a boat at a marina or club for use on the lake, if you kayak, paddle, canoe, or swim the lake, if your business has a customer base in people who come to/live in Skaneateles because of the lake or if you drink the lake water and you have not been an annual member of the SLA or have never been a member, now is the time to JOIN for 2016 and enable us to do more in 2017.

You can join the Skaneateles Lake Association online at SkaneatelesLake.com or call 315-685-9106 and ask for a registration form to be mailed to you.

Source: Skaneateles Press

 

News from the Skaneateles Lake Association

The end of a season is the beginning of the next                                    Fran Rotunno Fish

The Milfoil Team has finished up the work of rolling up and picking up 5 acres of matting that were put down this year. The good news is that the mats remain in good condition and are able to be reused again next year. The work plan for the summer was facilitated by great weather for the Milfoil Team with warm weather and few stormy, windy or rough water days. Their work continues now with getting the boats and equipment cleaned, winterized and any necessary repairs made.

This week we have received a notice of the presence of Hydrilla in the south end of Cayuga Lake. This rapidly growing invasive vegetation is one we absolutely do not want to find its way into Skaneateles Lake. While we continue to have our Invasive Species Monitoring Stewards on duty at the State Boar Launch on weekends for another week or so, our funding does not allow us to continue them 7 days a week or continue them at other launches. Our signs are up at each launch and we hope they will be effective at getting everyone who comes to launch to stop and before launching and sure their watercraft and trailer are clean, drained and dry of all animal and vegetable material and mud. Of course, even better, it would be great if all would learn to take the time to do so before they come to launch.

Many or our readers are beginning to get the exterior of their homes ready for the winter season. It is time to “batten down the hatches”. That is even more important for any of those whose “back yard” is the lake front. We should not be fooled into thinking the low lake level means we do not have to move things off the shore line and secure them from movement back to the shore (or the lake) by wind and rain or wave action. We have already had a “contact us” message this week about a raft that broke away and a request for any help we could give in locating it. It is wise to identify your ownership of any items you leave in the lake (e. g. mooring buoys) or equipment that you leave anywhere that the lake waters or wind could “reclaim” them to the lake. Good neighbors will generally get things back to you, but some identification helps to ensure that. We still have “Alex” as we have named him, a black metal silhouette of a dog on a spike with a spring who bounces around our “beach” and helps keep the geese away.   We put him on the “lost and found” section of our website 3 years ago, but no one has claimed him. He does not eat much, does not have to be cleaned up after, and does a pretty good job and we would miss him, but still if someone claims him we are happy to return him.

Please thank the following persons whose additional donations have supported the Milfoil Boat: 9/12/16 Karen & Paul Black (2015 donation), 9/13/16 Greenfield Lane Association (2015 donation), 9/14/16 Deborah & William Delaney (2015 donation), Cate and Sally, Janet & Donald Frank, 9/15/16 Annette & Peter Becker (2015 donation), Mary & Paul Torrisi, William & Barbara Dean, George Ann & Edwin Bock, 9/16/16 Jackie & Steve Miron

Please thank the following persons whose additional donations have supported the Invasive Species Monitoring Stewards: 7/20/16 Deb & Jim Tifft, 7/21/16 Mary & Michal Hearn, 7/22/16 Jeanne & Kenneth Hutton, 7/23/16 Darcy & Douglas Sedgwick, 7/24/16 Susan & James Solomon, 7/25/16 Virginia & Jeffrey Stannard, 7/26/16 – 7/29/16 Donations to the Hardy Fund made by an Anonymous Donor, Kristopher Scholl, Jennifer & Bill Mayo, Ellie & Chet Benoit, Robert J. Congel.

There are a number of additional individuals have made donations this year to support the work of the Milfoil Boat and Team. Those donations will be funding our early operations in 2017. In order to be fiscally responsible we must have those funds on hand in order to contract for the work we will do next year. The donations of these individuals will be specifically noted in our columns in the summer of 2017.

Please join us for 2016 at SkaneatelesLake.org or call 315-685-9106 and we will mail you a 2016 member registration form.

Source: Skaneateles Press

 

 

News from the Skaneateles Lake Association

The Beautiful Lake and Quality of the Water ….the tagline for many, many rentals.       Fran Rotunno Fish

We have started to get a variety of inquiries on our “contact us” tab on our website, SkaneatelesLake.org. Some are from those who want to tell us about weed location that they think is milfoil or have concerns about something someone has done on lakefront property that “is not good” for the lake. Early in the spring we get inquiries from young people looking for employment as Lake Stewards. Some of the inquiries are quite unique including one from a young woman whose grandmother was listing her property for sale and wanted to know if the SLA could provide confirmation that the property included lake rights. We follow up on all the inquiries including in one case finding a job for a young man for whom we had no Steward position, but we did know landscaper who needed help. But, the most telling inquiry came to us recently from a woman who had rented a place for a week on the lake and contacted the SLA via the website to find out if it was safe for her children to swim in the water…did we have blue-green algae?

That inquiry prompted me to do some research on the various Skaneateles vacation rental sites on line. I knew there were many, but I was a bit surprised to find out how many. I reviewed many of them and was not surprised to note that each included the fact that the property was on or near “beautiful Skaneateles Lake” or the ad spoke to property being on or near the “clear beautiful water of Skaneateles Lake”. I recognized some of the properties and know they are beautiful, but certainly from the photos I could see they all had a certain charm and all of them sold “Skaneateles Lake” as part of what the experience of renting the property would include. I was pleased to recognize that a few of the properties are owned by those who are annual members of the Skaneateles Lake Association, but certainly not all of them.

It seems that if a property owner recognizes and advertises beautiful Skaneateles Lake and its clear water as a major amenity of a property, that that every one of those owners would see being an annual member of the SLA as a small cost of doing business.

As the Board of Directors of the SLA begins to develop our work plan for next year (matting and hand harvesting milfoil and maintaining Stewards at the major launch sites) that planning is done in consideration of the monies we have to fund the work plan. We look to all who live on the lake or have lake rights; all who generate income from property because of the amenity of lake frontage, lake access or just being in the lake community; all who use the lake for recreation; all whose businesses thrive because people come to this lake community to live, rent or just visit for the day; and all who love the lake to be annual members of the Skaneateles Lake Association. You can join the SLA at SkaneatelesLake.org or by calling 315-685-9106 and asking for a member registration form to be mailed to you.

Please thank the following persons whose additional donations have supported the Milfoil Boat: 8/22 Marie and Joseph Grasso, Anna Marie and Carl Gerst, Ann Hinchcliff, Julie & Joe Scuderi; 8/23 Elsa & Peter Soderberg; 8/24 Deborah & Gary Hind; 8/25 Margaret Tourville, Debra Hurley & Ira Goldberg; 8/26 Kimball & James Kraus; 8/29 Cookie & Jack Helmer, Helen & Keith Simonelli; 8/30 Julie and James Moore; 8/31 Anonymous, Shadowlawn Lake Corporation, Patricia & David Stone; Mary Marshall; 9/1 Carrie Lazarus & Dave Birchenough; 9/2 Salli & Jim Tuozzolo; 9/6 Maggie & Ed Dienst; 9/7 Barbara & Myron Egtvedt, Deborah & Marty Hubbard, Jill & Todd Marshall, Norma & David McCarthy; 9/8 Jerry Gebo & Bill Rosenthal; 9/9 Carol & Alex Protasiewicz, Barbara Benedict & Duncan Wormer, Elet & John Callahan, Mandana Barn (Heather & Tim Carroll.

Source: Skaneateles Press

 

 

News from the SLA: There are some limits

Fran Rotunno Fish

Last week while Bob Werner was surveying the lake for areas of milfoil which could be included in the matting done next year, he and SLA Board Member, Bill Dean, had the opportunity to talk with a number of people who live on the lake. We received much positive feedback during those conversations in regard to the work we have done and the progress we have made in controlling the presence of milfoil. However, we do know that there are areas where the milfoil removal and control process has not been able to be carried out as successfully. Two of our board members recently spoke with a couple on the south end of the lake who stated that they had been members of the SLA early on, but not recently, because they thought the SLA had forgotten the south end of the lake. Because the SLA board is sensitive to the concerns of the entire lake community, it takes this opportunity to explain the limits of what we can do.

Everyone needs to know that our efforts to remove and control milfoil growth are done with sanction/permission of specific governmental organizations. The sanctions/permission we have is only for efforts related to Eurasian Milfoil and no other vegetation. While originally our work was done with permission from the DEC, more recently the NY State Office of General Services, who have jurisdiction over the bottom of the lake from the low water mark to the bottom of the lake, is coming into the picture.

The matting of milfoil that is done each year is first of all limited by the amount of matting we have, which is 5 acres and the time we have to put it down given the seasonal weather (winds/storms), water temperature, the size of the team and number of boats and equipment we can put to work each year. For the past few years, with the funds we raise from member dues and small government contributions, our work plan and manpower is one team of divers working with the 3 types of boats equipped to do the various work. The amount of hand harvesting we can do in a year is limited by the time it takes to get the 5 acres of mats into place. That time is very much dependent on weather and water conditions.

There are other conditions that control the areas where we can put down mats. Areas where the lake bottom is very rocky are very difficult to mat as the divers cannot get the mats down flat enough to do the job of “killing” the milfoil. Areas where the bottom is very sloped are also difficult to mat, again because of the inability to get the matting secured in its position against the lake bottom. Finally, areas that are very “silty” are either impossible or difficult to mat as the divers’ vision is compromised the first time they put a foot on the bottom of the lake due to the silt clouding the water and impairing the view needed to safely continue to work. Another important principle we follow in our work plan is to focus on the largest patches, regardless of location, as they have the greatest potential for propagating more milfoil.

Unfortunately, the south end of the lake has many areas where both matting and hand harvesting very difficult to do because of the topography of the lake bottom or the amount of silt on the lake bottom.   So it may of concern to some that we are not directing as much specific action on the south end of the lake or are not directing it to an area of significant milfoil growth in the south end of the lake.   However, it must be noted that any milfoil growth control and removal anywhere in the lake is of benefit to the entire lake as all milfoil is a potential propagator of more milfoil.

We hope that these explanations will make it clear that our lake wide efforts benefit all of the lake community. We look to all with a vested interest in the lake to be annual members of the SLA, providing input in guiding our future work and financial support via the annual SLA member registration fee.

It has come to our attention that there may be individuals who are dealing with milfoil and, perhaps, other lake weeds with their own method of “harvesting.” This involves using a boat to drag an old spring mattress on the lake bottom to pull weeds out. Unfortunately, this method has a very poor outcome. First of all it creates thousands of fragments of milfoil which can send out roots and implant wherever it lands on the lake bottom and second of all, depending upon wind direction, it leaves a collection of milfoil on someone else’s shoreline to deal with.

You can join the SLA at SkaneatelesLake.org or by calling 315-685-9106 and asking for a member registration form to be mailed to you.

Please thank the following persons whose additional donations have supported the Milfoil Boat: 8/5/16 David Graham, 8/8/16 & 8/9/16 Carrie Lazarus and David Birchenough, 8/10/16 The Bryce Family Foundation; 8/11/16 Christine & James Hueber, Steve Mott, Randy Cobb & Jackie Brown, Linda & Russell Ruthig, Joyce & Robin Jowasis, 8/12/16 Jill & Kurt Rosell, 8/15/16 Jackie & Steve Miron, 8/16/16 & 8/17/16 Deborah & Edward Brennan, 8/18/16 Lorraine Rapp & Jeffrey Kirshner, Lynne Bales & John Priest, Jennifer Sutherland, Lynne & Dave Curtin, 8/19/16 Kathy and Paul Leone

Please thank the following persons whose additional donations have supported the Invasive Species Monitoring Stewards: 7/13/16 the Kelly Family, 8/14/16-8/19/16 Gretchen & Buzz Roberts

Source: Skaneateles Press

 

 

The Work and Planning is Ongoing

Fran Rotunno Fish

The Skaneateles Lake Association Milfoil Crew has completed the component of the 2016 season plan that involves laying down 5 acres of matting on large, defined milfoil patches. The areas that were matted this year were defined by a survey of the lake done by Bob Werner last year during the late summer and early fall. While the boat Bob uses to do the survey is equipped with a camera and instrumentation that facilitates the survey, he also checks areas of concern that have been brought to our attention by good neighbors to the lake who keep their “eyes on the lake.” In between the time the mats have all been put down and the time they can begin to be rolled up (approximately 8 weeks), the Milfoil Team does hand weeding in areas around the mats and other areas of the lake where the lake bottom does not facilitate the use of matting. There are areas on both the southwest and east side of the lake that are being hand harvested this year. About 8 weeks after the first mats were put down the Milfoil Team begins to roll them up in the order they were put down so that each area is matted for approximately 8 week. After the mats are all rolled up the team goes back to each site and picks up the rolled mats using the pontoon boat that specifically equipped for lifting the wet, very heavy rolled mats.

Right now Bob Werner is surveying the lake to identify large areas of milfoil that should be matted next year….the work of controlling milfoil is continuous and so is the work for planning that control. Later this summer and in the fall and winter, the SLA Board of Directors will be meeting to plan what the milfoil control work plan will be next summer given our financial status. The Board will also be discussing the ongoing efforts and need for new efforts to get more and more people who benefit from this lake to be members of the SLA. It is predominately the ANNUAL membership dues that drive the scope of our work plan. In the past we have repeatedly reached out to all lakefront owners and owners with lake rights. We are pleased to have increasing support from those who just love the lake and value the quality of the lake water as a source of drinking water. However, we know that far too many are not and have never been members of the SLA despite the fact that they benefit from the lake as lake front/lake rights owners, regular recreational users of the lake or businesses which thrive because this beautiful lake is an incredible source of customers both for what they sell and what services they provide

There are 3 components to being a good neighbor to the lake, JOIN ANNUALY, KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE LAKE AND CONTACT US VIA OUR WEBSITE IF YOU THINK YOU SEE A PROBLEM AND ASK YOUR NEIGBORS AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE LAKEFRONT OR LAKE RIGHTS PROPERTY OR USE THE LAKE FOR RECREATION AND FELLOW BUSSINESSES TO JOIN NOW AND EVERY YEAR. We can’t do it without all of you.

You can join the Skaneateles Lake Association and become our mission by going to SkaneatelesLake.org to complete your registration and pay your annual dues or you can use the form in our recently mailed newsletter. If you would like a registration form mailed to you please call 315-685-9106 and leave a message with your name and mailing address.

The SLA thanks the following individuals and organizations for their additional donations in support of the Milfoil Boat and the Lake Stewards:

Milfoil Boat Sponsors: 6/27/16 Sidney Devorsetz; 6/28 & 6/29/16 Beecher Graham & Jonathan Brodock; 6/30/16 Ann 7 Gary dower, Margaret Bersani, Ann & David Lee, Patricia & William McAvoy; 7/1/16 & 7/5/16 – 7/8/16 & 7/11 -7/12/16 The Kaufman Foundation; 7/13/16 Sharon & Steve Songer, Eleanor & Ben Ware, Maureen & Joseph Wilson, Robert Scheer; 7/14/16 Johanna 7 Gianfranco Frittelli; 7/15/16 Nancy Douglas, Barbara & Jed Delmonico; 7/18/16 Deborah & Richard Hole, Deborah & James Tifft, Joan Christy & Tom Bersani, Noreen & Michael Falcone; 7/19/16 Candace & John Marsellus; 7/20/16 Jason Slottje; 7/21/16 Janet & William Davis; 7/27/16 Louisa & John Cohlan; 7/25/16 Donna & William Davis; 7/26/16 Hobbitt Hollow Farm, Alice & Ned Houser, Ursula & David Hutton, Lynn Lenihan; 7/27/16 Lake Farms LLC, Carol Krumhansl & Jeff Roberts, Lisa and Michael Wetzel, Carolyn Kay & Donald Babcock; 7/28/16 Amy & Christopher Neumann; 7/29/16 Rochelle & Mac Cummings; 8/2/16 Libby & Arnie Rubenstein; 8/2/16 Marjorie & Kenneth Blanchard; 8/3/16 Christine Larson & Vincent Dupolis; 8/4/16 Lynn Cleary & David Duggan.

Steward Sponsors: 6/21 Barbara & William Dean; 6/22 Mary Socci & Peter White; 6/23/16 Finger Lakes on Tap; 6/24/16 Christine & Robert Pierce; 6/25 & 26/16 Taci & Roland Anderson; 6/27/16 Mary & Paul Torrisi; 6/28/16 Paula & Edward Conan; 6/29/16 Jacqueline & Charles Giancola; 6/30/16 Patty & Marvin Langley; 7/1/16 Jean & John Vincent; 7/2/16 Robert Parsons; 7/3/16 Ann Kilian; 7/4/16 Kathyrn & Robert Flagliarone; 7/5/16 Suzzane & David Nagle; 7/6/16 Sharon & John Paddock; 7/8 – 7/12/12 Contributions to the David Lee Hardy Fund from Sandra Attleson, The Hardy SFamily, Margaret Sennett, Mary and Frank Szczech, Deborah and Jim Tifft, Marianne Lont, Nancy Murray, Patricia Orr, Mary Sennett & Robert Leiss, Mary & Paul Torrisi, Barbara & Robert Amsler

Source:  Skaneateles Press

Annual Meeting, fun and informative

Fran Rotunno Fish

Annual Meeting Attendees Gather for Speakers

                                               Annual Meeting Attendees Gather for Speakers

The few short rainfalls came to an end, the sky opened up with the sun and over 200 members of the Skaneateles Lake Association gathered on the waterfront at the home of Elsa and Peter Soderberg on Sunday, July 10th for the SLA’s third annual meeting. Full time residents, summer residents and week-enders, new residents, newish residents and legacy families gathered with one common thread…a love of Skaneateles Lake and a willingness to be a part of and support protecting it.

Those who attended enjoyed the long, south view down the lake, as well as, a wide variety of treats from many of the Skaneateles restaurants and food vendors. A wide selection of appetizers from the Sherwood Inn, Roasted Brussel Sprouts from Gilda’s, hot roast beef sandwiches from the Lake Side Pub, Johnny Angel’s heavenly burgers, Doug’s famous cole slaw, meatballs from Moro’s Kitchen, stuffed mushrooms from Rosalie’s Cucina, sushi from the Blue Water Grill, fried green tomatoes from the Mandana Inn, Antipasto Skewers from Joelle’s French Bistro, pizza from Valentine’s and juicy, sweet fruit from TOPS were all donated by owners who recognize that beautiful Skaneateles Lake is a foundation for drawing customers. Other refreshments, both food and drink, were donated by members of the SLA Board of Directors.

All who attended had the opportunity to share their stories of the lake and their love of the lake and there was lots of just “catching up” with old friends and meeting new people.

The formal part of the meeting was informative on all the issues with which the Skaneateles Lake Association has long been involved, as well as, a new issue not know to as many of those attending. Bob Werner gave an update on milfoil removal, matting and overall status emphasizing the progress that has been made, as well as, the reality of it being something that will continue to take effort to control. Bill Dean spoke on the type of algae found in the lake from spring to fall and also on foam and its relationship to biological activity in the lake. Buzz Roberts gave a report on the efforts of the Invasive Species Monitoring Stewards and the SLA’s expanded coverage of the most active launch sites around the lake. Fran Fish reported on the status of our membership whose annual dues are the major component of our funding. She noted that the current membership, those who have joined in the last 12 months, is 729 and that over 250 of those had made donations beyond the annual dues. She noted that the donations that exceed annual dues keep the SLA financially stable as they “cover” the hundreds of lakefront and lake rights owners who are not and have never been SLA donors. She challenged all present to reach out to their friends and neighbors who were not members and encourage them to join.

Our county legislator, Mike Plochocki, was present and spoke about the extreme importance of Skaneateles Lake to tourism. Last year Mr. Plochocki presented the SLA with a check that was used to purchase a replacement motor for one of the milfoil boats. As a result Skaneateles Town Supervisor Jim Lanning’s efforts, the SLA was pleased to receive a check for $7000 from Mr. Plochocki that will be used to cover the cost of the enhanced Invasive Species Monitoring Steward coverage. Following presentation of the check Supervisor Lanning outlined the efforts that the Town was funding to monitor Shotwell Creek and the possibility of building a retention basins to reduce sediment flow into the lake.

Featured speaker, Robert Duckett, local forester, arborist and naturalist and lover of our lake and Caroline Marschner, an Extension Associate for Invasive Species with the New York Hemlock Initiative of Cornell University spoke on the threat of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid to the water of Skaneateles Lake.  They noted the importance of the Hemlocks, so common in the Finger Lakes, for filtering water and preventing erosion of steep slopes. They also noted that the Hemlocks provide shade for temperature sensitive tributaries. Duckett and Marschner described the monitoring efforts that are a part of the Hemlock Initiative and both the insecticidal and biological controls being used and the considerations to be taken in their use. All who attended came away with an understanding that this infestation has real implications for our lake and that owners of woodlots in a region of known infestation need to start planning to manage this pest.

The Skaneateles Lake Association 2016 Annual Meeting could not have occurred without the gracious hospitality of Elsa and Peter Soderberg. We also thank our members Don Plath, Jason Slottje, Joan Thomsen, Steve White, Janet Dippold, Elaine DuBois, Patty Orr, Kathy Gorr, Ann Killian, Matt Delmonico, Peg Kelly, Mike Kelly, Salli Tuozzolo, Mary Menapace, Jo Werner, Patty Weisse, Larry Weiss and Kati Weiss for their assistance. We could not have done it without them.

Source:  Skaneateles Press

A Good Neighbor to the Lake

Fran Rotunno Fish

Hopefully, most of our readers are fortunate enough to have a good neighbor. The person who watches over your property if you are away, waters your plants, brings chicken soup when you are sick and knows how to jump start your car. You may even be lucky enough to have one who sends his/her teenager over to shovel your walkway.

The mission of the Skaneateles Lake Association is to promote environmentally and aesthetically sound regional management of Skaneateles Lake and its watershed. The simple way of saying that is that it that our mission to be a good neighbor to our lake. As an association we do that with programs whose goal is to maintain the lake’s ecology for those who drink the water, those who fish, those who swim, those who enjoy recreational boating and those who simply enjoy the view of our beautiful lake. We also do it by keeping our eyes on the lake and ears to the ground for other potential threats to the lake ecology.

We accomplish our mission predominately with the funding from our annual member registrations and there is no way that we can do what we do without them. We also accomplish our mission by education of the public regarding the actual and potential threats to our lake ecology. The articles in this newspaper and our recently distributed newsletter are out there to ensure that all of us who love the lake stay vigilant.

While the Skaneateles Lake Association aims to be a good neighbor to the lake, we have found more and more that our programs and educational articles are promoting individual good neighbors to the lake, as well. On our website we have a tab entitled “contact us” and it is getting more and more use over the past year. Good neighbors to the lake alert us to concerns about milfoil patches, dead fish along the shoreline, “scum” in the inlet in the village, collections of loose weeds on the shoreline and, of course foam and algae. We follow up on each of them – some of them turn out to be harmless and some of issues that require our focus. These good neighbors, who have eyes on the lake, are important part of our effort to meet our mission and we thank each of them for their vigilance.

Please join us in being a good neighbor to the lake first by joining the Skaneateles Lake Association each year and second by keeping eyes on the lake.   Use the “contact us” tab on our website if you see anything of concern. It is a LONG LAKE and we need eyes on the whole length of the lake.

You can join the Skaneateles Lake Association and become our mission by going to SkaneatelesLake.org to complete your registration and pay your annual dues or you can use the form in our recently mailed newsletter. If you would like a registration form mailed to you please call 315-685-9106 and leave a message with your name and mailing address.

The SLA thanks the following individuals and organizations for their additional donations in support of the Milfoil Boat and the Lake Stewards:

Milfoil Boat Sponsors: 6/6 Margaret & Angelo Scopelianos; 6/9 Barbara Conner: 6/10 Katherine & Ben Tarentino, Beth & Bob Filiczkowski, Beth & David Dobrzynski, John Osborne; 6/11 Linda & Bruce Kenan, Ellen Brown & Carl Schramm: 6/12 & 6/13 Ellen Brown & Carl Schramm; 6/16 Susan & Curt Andersson; 6/17 Chancea & Donald Sundman; 6/20 Frank Suits; 6/21 Lynn & Gardner McLean; 6/22 Patience Brewster & Holly Gregg; 6/23 Mary & James Fox; 6/24 Jonathan Lee, Erica & Ken Byrne, Alexandra & Richard Nicklas.

Steward Sponsors: 5/27 Mary & Paul Torissi, 5/28 Jacqueline & David Eng, 5/29 Carol and Douglas Low, 5/30 Susan & Douglas Jakes, 5/31 Caroline & Jim Scully, 6/1 Joseph & Jane Kite, 6/2 Lynn Bonniver, 6/3 – 6/5 Rob Kiltz, 6/6 Patricia & Steve Fore, 6/7 Carol & Tom Fletcher, 6/8 – 6/9 Marybeth & William Gleason, 6/10 – 6/11 Mary Marshall, 6/12 Mary & Paul Torrisi, 6/13 Beverly & Dave Jones, 6/14 Kate & Mott Pooley, 6/15 Barbara & Richard Evans, 6/16 Tacie & Roland Anderson, 6/17 Lisa Letizia & Paul Florek, 6/18 Martha & William Cole; 6/19 Allison & Andrew Hider; 6/20 Peg & Mike Kelly

Source:  Skaneateles Press

Potentially Harmful Algal Blooms

Submitted by Paul Torrisi, M.D.

Recently a few of us from the Skaneateles Lake Association (SLA) attended the regional meeting of all 11 Finger Lakes at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y.

In addition to learning that we’re the only lake with an established lake wide Eurasian Milfoil Control Program paid for with annual dues and donations to SLA, it was clear that individual residents on other lakes are “on their own” paying substantial sums for annual cleanup on their own waterfronts! This is obviously a “helter skelter” situation with no long term benefit to their lakes, despite some representatives boasting larger dues paying memberships than SLA! Ours exceeded 700 in 2015, due to Fran Fish’s tremendous effort as Membership Chair – still only a MINORITY of those who live on the lake and in the watershed!!

We also have the most comprehensive and established Invasive Species Stewardship Program, under Dr. Buzz Robert’s direction. In fact, our Lake Steward Program serves as a regional model, and helped The Finger Lakes Institute secure over $500,000 from the DEC recently. This grant will be used to set up similar programs aimed at Invasive Species control and educating boaters on neighboring lakes, benefiting the entire region. This will ultimately help protect Skaneateles Lake by decreasing the transmission of invasive species to our lake!

Now to the subject at hand, i.e., potentially harmful algal blooms. We were also surprised to learn at this meeting of the Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance (FLRWA) that Skaneateles Lake was one of the only lakes that, to date, has not reported any toxic blue-green algae blooms! These are actually caused by a type of bacteria known as cyanobacteria which can thrive and grow in more nutrient rich waters. They usually appear as various shades of blue-green, looking like pea soup or even spilled paint, thus the name. These blooms of cyanobacteria can occur any time of year, but most often during the warmer summer months. Some types produce toxins that can be very dangerous to both humans and animals.

Potential health effects range from skin rashes, allergic reactions, and gastrointestinal symptoms to liver damage, seizures and neurological impairment! If one sees such a bloom it should be reported to the county health department immediately, and assumed potentially toxic, avoiding direct contact.

Our neighbor, Owasco Lake, reported over 15 confirmed cyanobacteria blooms in 2015, leading to water use restrictions or even beach closures!

This is a potentially dangerously harmful situation that we would like to avoid, if possible. Please add your name annually to SLA’s list of dues paying members to help keep our waters clear and pure! Go to the website at SkaneatelesLake.org or mail dues/donations to SLA, PO Box 862, Skaneateles, and NY13152.

Source: Skaneateles Press

News from the Skaneateles Lake Association

In a few days our 6th year as the Skaneateles Lake Association will begin its efforts to keep the water of Skaneateles Lake Association clear and pure.

Our Milfoil Team is in place and the pontoon workboats are ready to go with the motors purchased last year with a grant from the Onondaga County Legislature. There are new banners on the boats, donated by one of our members. The banners will let everyone who sees the Milfoil work boats know what their purpose is and also encourage all those who see the boats out on the lake to join the SLA in order to support the efforts of the Milfoil Team. Our Milfoil work boats are moored without charge at the Skaneateles Marina again this season…a generous donation from the Marina.

The Invasive Species Monitoring Steward Team is ready to start work at the New York State, Town of Skaneateles and Town of Scott Launches on Memorial Day weekend. We are starting this year with five stewards. They are all seasoned stewards who also worked last year. Later in the summer we will add a few new stewards who are high school students who can continue to work when our college student stewards go back to college.   The Stewards have an even more important role this season. As in the past they will ensure that all watercraft and trailers are clean, dry and drained before launching into Skaneateles Lake, but they will also ensure that all who come to launch know that it is now NYS law that watercraft and trailers be free of all vegetable material before being launched into any NYS body of water. You will see our SLA Stewards, in their new khaki uniform shirts and caps, at the launch sites starting early in the morning when the fisherman start to arrive.

The Skaneateles Lake Association has finalized its plans for its annual meeting. The meeting will be held on Sunday, July 10th from 5 pm to 7 pm on the waterfront of the home of Elsa and Peter Soderberg at 118 E. Genesee Street. More details are available on our website at SkaneatelesLake.com.   The SLA Board has received commitment from a number of local establishments to donate the “treats” for the annual meeting and we will be reaching out to all our local food/restaurant vendors to join in.

The generosity of the member who donated the Milfoil boat banners, the Onondaga County Legislature, the Skaneateles Marina and our community food/restaurant vendors means that we are able to use our annual member registrations working to keep the waters of Skaneateles Lake clear and pure. Their generosity is important, but we can only continue our work with increased membership from all those who live on the lakefront, live in the lake community, enjoy the lake for recreation, have a business that thrives because of the lake and all those who just love the lake.

Memberships in the SLA are rolling and thus membership extends for 1 year from the date of the prior membership date. Because we have a rolling membership we send our annual renewal notices out in the early part of each quarter. But, members do not have to wait to get a renewal notice letter. To join at any time during the year, you can go to SkanaeatelesLake.org and click on the “Membership/Support” to join for the first time or rejoin for 2016. You can also call 315-685-9106 and ask for a member registration form to be sent to you.

On Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 5 – 6:30 pm At the Skaneateles Library the Finger Lakes Land Trust, the Skaneateles Lake Association and the Skaneateles Festival are sponsoring an informative workshop on tax-advantaged ways to build charitable gifts into your financial plan. The workshop is being presented by John Hinchcliff, a Trusts & Estates Attorney at Miller Mayer. RSVP by May 30th by calling 607-275-9487 or on line at info@flt.org

In a few days our 6th year as the Skaneateles Lake Association will begin its efforts to keep the water of Skaneateles Lake Association clear and pure.

Our Milfoil Team is in place and the pontoon workboats are ready to go with the motors purchased last year with a grant from the Onondaga County Legislature. There are new banners on the boats, donated by one of our members. The banners will let everyone who sees the Milfoil work boats know what their purpose is and also encourage all those who see the boats out on the lake to join the SLA in order to support the efforts of the Milfoil Team. Our Milfoil work boats are moored without charge at the Skaneateles Marina again this season…a generous donation from the Marina.

The Invasive Species Monitoring Steward Team is ready to start work at the New York State, Town of Skaneateles and Town of Scott Launches on Memorial Day weekend. We are starting this year with five stewards. They are all seasoned stewards who also worked last year. Later in the summer we will add a few new stewards who are high school students who can continue to work when our college student stewards go back to college.   The Stewards have an even more important role this season. As in the past they will ensure that all watercraft and trailers are clean, dry and drained before launching into Skaneateles Lake, but they will also ensure that all who come to launch know that it is now NYS law that watercraft and trailers be free of all vegetable material before being launched into any NYS body of water. You will see our SLA Stewards, in their new khaki uniform shirts and caps, at the launch sites starting early in the morning when the fisherman start to arrive.

The Skaneateles Lake Association has finalized its plans for its annual meeting. The meeting will be held on Sunday, July 10th from 5 pm to 7 pm on the waterfront of the home of Elsa and Peter Soderberg at 118 E. Genesee Street. More details are available on our website at SkaneatelesLake.com.   The SLA Board has received commitment from a number of local establishments to donate the “treats” for the annual meeting and we will be reaching out to all our local food/restaurant vendors to join in.

The generosity of the member who donated the Milfoil boat banners, the Onondaga County Legislature, the Skaneateles Marina and our community food/restaurant vendors means that we are able to use our annual member registrations working to keep the waters of Skaneateles Lake clear and pure. Their generosity is important, but we can only continue our work with increased membership from all those who live on the lakefront, live in the lake community, enjoy the lake for recreation, have a business that thrives because of the lake and all those who just love the lake.

Memberships in the SLA are rolling and thus membership extends for 1 year from the date of the prior membership date. Because we have a rolling membership we send our annual renewal notices out in the early part of each quarter. But, members do not have to wait to get a renewal notice letter. To join at any time during the year, you can go to SkanaeatelesLake.org and click on the “Membership/Support” to join for the first time or rejoin for 2016. You can also call 315-685-9106 and ask for a member registration form to be sent to you.

On Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 5 – 6:30 pm At the Skaneateles Library the Finger Lakes Land Trust, the Skaneateles Lake Association and the Skaneateles Festival are sponsoring an informative workshop on tax-advantaged ways to build charitable gifts into your financial plan. The workshop is being presented by John Hinchcliff, a Trusts & Estates Attorney at Miller Mayer. RSVP by May 30th by calling 607-275-9487 or on line at info@flt.org

Source:  Skaneateles Press