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  Landscaping for Lake Quality               Terry Hoffmann-DeWitt, Rachael DeWitt and Kathy Gorr

We’re hearing a lot of information about the quality of our beautiful lake, and people are asking ‘What can I do?’  Well, a sub-group of the Skaneateles Lake Association has formed to focus on providing those answers for you.  And the amazing thing is we don’t have to create the information.  It’s already been done for us by qualified people and organizations.  So the answer is ‘YOU can take this knowledge and do a lot!’

In the coming months, we will publish a number of articles which will cover 1) the role of phosphorus and nitrogen and landscaping with native trees and shrub plants to improve lake quality, 2) the Cornell Cooperative Extensions’ master gardener program, 3) contact information on local resources, 4) questions for a professional landscaper (with answers), 5) preparing for Spring and 6) environmentally friendly substitutes for harmful, invasive, non-native landscaping plants. This article will focus on the role of phosphorus and nitrogen and the benefits of planting trees, shrubs and groundcover that are native to our area, which can act as filters for unwanted elements entering the lake.

Phosphorous and Nitrogen:  Phosphorus in the form of phosphates is a powerful fertilizer which feeds algae.  Nitrogen is similar to phosphorus in that it also feeds microscopic plants and aquatic plants.  These two nutrients exist in the lake and are generally limited in quantity.  But when these nutrients are present in large amounts, typically from septic systems, lawn fertilizers, agricultural runoff and additional organic material in the lake such as raked leaves and when other conditions are right (hot weather and calm waters) they create an environment that allows algae to grow out of control with the potential of producing toxic and harmful effects on people, animals and aquatic organisms.

Fertilizers containing phosphorus should not be used on your lawn.  Take the time to read fertilizer labels.  The DEC advises to ‘Look for the Zero’ and purchase phosphorous-free products.  New York State law requires retailers to post signs notifying customers of the terms of the law and to display phosphorous fertilizer separately from those that are phosphorous free.  Be sure to look at the bag label for the phosphorous content.  The label should list a series of numbers and a lake friendly fertilizer might look something like this “5-0-5”.  The first number is the nitrogen percentage, the second number is the phosphorous percentage (which should be 0) and the third number is the potassium/potash percentage.  Low numbers are good.  You can decide to go chemical free.  Lawns don’t need fertilizers, pesticides or weed killers to look great.  Organic lawn care is possible and safe and effective alternatives exist for most products containing chemicals for pesticides and fertilizers.  These products promote deep root systems, natural photosynthesis and longer grass growth.  These alternatives can be found on the DEC’s Lawn Care web page.  Visit www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8816.html.  Also, allowing lawns to grow native flowers such as snowdrops, forget-me-nots, violets, trout lilies and tiny daisies brings a whole dimension of flora and fauna beauty to your lawn.

Trees, shrubs and ground cover:  These provide excellent defenses against pollutants entering the lake.  There are other pollutants besides phosphorous and nitrogen such as an overload of soil, branches and other sediments containing nutrients.  If you plant a riparian buffer along streambeds or along shorelines using native plants, the volume, velocity and timing of surface runoffs have a chance to slow or even be completely absorbed before it enters our lake.

Native plants:  Native plants work well because they are already adapted to our local environmental conditions (like soil and insects), they require less water (which conserves a natural resource), create a habitat for birds and other wildlife, they don’t need fertilizers or pesticides and they prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species.

Cornell Cooperative Extension has an extensive list of trees and plants.  Some examples are birch, serviceberry, dogwood, willow, ash, maple, fern, elderberry, sumac, elm, chestnut, blackberry, huckleberry, milkweed, lobelia, and coneflower to name a few.

There are a number of native plant nurseries locally who can provide even more information and are worth checking out.  Here are a few to consider:  The Plantsmen Nursery in Lansing, White Oak Nursery in Canandaigua, Nannyberry in Fulton and Amanda’s Garden in Dansville.   Another excellent source for native plant sales and programming is Baltimore Woods in Marcellus.   The Finger Lakes Native Plant Society in Ithaca is another excellent organization dedicated to promoting native flora.

Retention Ponds:  If you have a large amount of acreage, you might consider putting in a retention pond.  These ponds are situated in a low-lying area that is engineered to temporarily hold a set amount of water while the water slowly drains into another location.  Retention ponds limit the amount of phosphorous and nitrogen entering the lake.  They also reduce the chances of flooding.

Learn More:  You can learn more about landscaping for lake quality.  We recommend a publication of the Northeast Organic Farming Association, “Introduction to Organic Lawns and Yards” and CCE’s “Landscaping for Water Quality in the Finger Lakes Region”.   CCE’s contact information is (315) 424-9485, http://www.cce.cornell.edu/onondaga.

Look for additional articles we plan to publish relating to Landscaping for Lake Quality as well as an upcoming workshop.  Save the DateTuesday October 23rd 7pm Skaneateles High School.  SLA and CCE are collaborating on Landscaping for Water Quality with Landscape Architect Matt Biondolillo and Native Plant author and dendrology professor at ESF – Don Leopold.

Through responsible landscaping and soil maintenance, you can make a real difference in the health of our waters.

Please thank the following for co-supporting the Milfoil Boat for a day or multiple days:  Elizabeth & Evan Dreyfus, Kimberly & William Gilberti, Jane & Thomas Hanley, Jack Rudnick, Janice & Richard Wiles, Elaine Palmer, Theresa & Jim Reed, Anonymous Donor.

Please thank the following for sponsoring the Milfoil Boat for a day:  Gwen Birchenough, Alexandra & Richard Nicklas

Please thank the following for their contributions to the David Lee Hardy Fund which supports our Invasive Species Monitoring Stewards:  Stacey & Steven McClintic.

Every single membership counts.  This past month we wrote to over 200 members who had joined the SLA some year or years between 2011 and 2016, but who had not joined in 2017 or 2018.  If those 200 were to join for 2018 we could reach a membership of 1000 households and that would be great.  We look for each of them and each of or 2017 members to join for 2018.  You can join the SLA online at SkaneatelesLake.org or call 315-685-9106 and ask for a membership form to be mailed to you.  It may be too cold for some to jump in and swim, but you can JUMP IN AND JOIN THE SLA TODAY!

Source:  Skaneateles Press

 

News from the Skaneateles Lake Association

Happening Now and Soon      Fran Rotunno Fish

JEFFERSON PROJECT VERTICAL PROFILER.  Hopefully, you all read the article in last week’s Skaneateles Press about the vertical profiler that has been moored in Skaneateles Lake for the past few weeks by the Jefferson Project.  And hopefully, also, you read about the Skaneateles Lake Association’s initial outreach early this Spring to facilitate a working relationship with the Fund for Lake George and the Jefferson Project for the benefit of both Skaneateles Lake and Lake George.  If you have not read it, please do so.  If you did not get the paper or need a copy of the article, please request one from the SLA via the “contact us” tab at SkaneatelesLake.org.

FUND RAISING EVENT AT THE KREBS.  On September 12th, please join us for a fun filled evening with SLA guest bartenders, Paul Torrisi (Doctor of Drinks), Dave Birchenough (skilled at sailing/sliding them down the bar), and Debbie Bobbett (she can Stand Up [Paddle board] for the lake like nobody else) and more. They will be serving drinks from 6-8pm. All tips will benefit the Skaneateles Lake Association.

If you are curious about the state of our lake, want to donate, or want to know what we are doing to preserve and protect our lake, come! SLA Board Members will be available to share information about our current efforts and answer question.  Bring your friends who aren’t members, and we will encourage them to join the Skaneateles Lake Association.

MILFOIL CONTROL TEAM ACTIVITY.  The Milfoil Boar Team under the direction of John Menapace is in the process of picking up the 6 acres of matting put down on the largest patches of milfoil early the season.  First matting down is the first matting taken out.  Bob Werner and Bill Dean have finished the survey of the lake that is used to identify the location of further large patches of milfoil that will be included in the matting done next year.  The data collected will be analyzed and based upon the size of the areas of milfoil and their location being suitable for matting a plan will be made for next year. Please use caution if you see the Milfoil Boat in an area while you are out in your own watercraft as there are likely to be divers in and under the water.  Rolling these mats up is not as simple as rolling up a carpet in your living room.

EMAIL ADDRESSES.  When people fill out the SLA Annual Member Registration Form, they are asked to provide an email address.  Some do not do so because they are concerned about too many emails from too many people.  However, this last week with the recurrent Algal Bloom, as we worked to keep our membership and the community informed, there were people contacting the SLA to be added to our email list and some contacting us to update their emails.  In both cases these people had heard about our email updates and wanted to be kept informed also.  We, of course, add all who request to be added to our email list and, if not SLA members, we encourage then to join.

LOST AND FOUND ITEMS.  The Skaneateles Lake Association Website maintains a “lost and found site” to assist area residents with recovering or returning items that have broken away, broken off or just been left behind.  If you find something significant on the shoreline or recover it from the lake or lose something in the lake, use the “contact us” tab on our website and report your lost and found.  We will keep your identification confidential and help you get it back or return it.  Currently on our website we have five found items posted.  On Aug. 15th in the area of the Skaneateles Country Club a pair of red and black O’Brien Water Skis floating in the lake was picked up by a boating SLA member.   On August 31st an SLA member found what appears to be a sailboat rudder floating in the water about a quarter mile north of Lourdes Camp.  The fin is white fiberglass/composite with a wooden handle and an aluminum extension.  Finally, we have 3 items left at Lourdes Camp following our SLA Annual Meeting on 30th including a golf cap with a Renouvous Solar logo, a RAF Electronic Hardware water bottle, and a black Skaneateles Country Club Ladies Challenge Team blanket.  If any of these items are yours, please contact the SLA with your name and contact information via the “contact us” tab on our Website.  Thank you.

Please thank the following for co-supporting the Milfoil Boar for a day or multiple days:  Greenfield Lane Association, Lakeview Auto and Marine (Terry, Rachael and Bob DeWitt), Barb Conner and Doug Wood.

Please thank the following for sponsoring the Milfoil Boat for a day or multiple days:  Kitty and Tim O’Donnell, Sheila Hemami, Kristine and Jeffrey Bogart, Coffin Construction, LLC, Demitra Vounas, Ten Mile Point South HOA, Cindy and John Varney.

Please thank the following for sponsoring an Invasive Species Monitoring Steward for a day:  Ann Kilian, Marie and Joseph Grasso, Collen & Peter Dean, Sandra & William Nichols, Susan and Bill Anderson.

Please thank the following for their contributions to the David Lee Hardy Fund which supports our Invasive Species Monitoring Stewards:  Liz and Bill Sharp, Martha and Thomas Squires, Katie and Jason Armijo, Pine Bluff HOA.

 Source:  Skaneateles Press

 

 

 

News from the Skaneateles Lake Association

Skaneateles Lake gets help in fighting toxic algae — from a robot                         Glenn Coin

Vince Moriarty, a research scientist at IBM, works on a vertical profiler floating in about 60 feet of water in Skaneateles Lake. The profiler, installed in July, monitors conditions in the lake, including harmful algae blooms. Glenn Coin | gcoin@syracuse.com (Glenn Coin | gcoin@syracuse.com)

Skaneateles, N.Y. — A robotic buoy bristling with scientific instruments has joined the fight against toxic algae in Skaneateles Lake.

Scientists from IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute installed the buoy, called a vertical profiler, on July 30. The algae quickly cooperated: A bloom that closed beaches and infiltrated water intake pipes started Aug. 4.

That wasn’t necessarily what researchers wanted, said Harry Kolar, an IBM researcher on the project.

“We didn’t have a whole lot of baseline data to work with,” he said.

The $170,000 profiler, built at RPI, is collecting plenty of data. It records everything from air and water temperature to water clarity to pigments produced by toxic algae, and it does it every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day. It’s called a vertical profiler because it measures all the way through the water column, from surface to bottom. It sits above about 60 feet of water just off the Skaneateles Country Club dock.

Scientists hope that by collecting enough data, and running it through complex modeling programs, they can predict when toxic algae blooms will appear.

“That’s the Holy Grail science and the community want to know: when and where is the next one,” said Rick Relyea, an RPI biology professor.

It’s an important question for Skaneateles Lake, the unfiltered drinking water source for about 200,000 residents of Central New York, including the city of Syracuse. Last year, a major algae bloom infiltrated the lake’s two intake pipes, and the city scrambled to add more chlorine to keep the algae toxins from getting into drinking water.

This year, Syracuse is conducting more tests. The brief, early August algae bloom showed low levels of the algae toxins, called microcystins, in the intake pipes for a couple of days. More recent tests have shown no microcystins, liver toxins that can sicken humans and kill dogs. (While algae is the common term, the blooms are actually a kind of bacteria known as cyanobacteria.)

The Skaneateles Lake pilot project is a spinoff from the much larger Jefferson Project on Lake George. That project, in its fifth year, deploys 51 sensor platforms with more than 500 individual sensors in the Lake George watershed. Eric Siy, director of The Fund for Lake George, one of the partners in the Jefferson Project, calls Lake George “the world’s smartest lake.”

Siy said the Lake George data has been used to study road salt infiltration, invasive species, and nutrients, including those that can fuel algae blooms.

Lake George has never had a reported harmful algae bloom – but then, Skaneateles Lake hadn’t either before last year.

“It’s clear it can happen anywhere,” said Relyea, who directs the Jefferson Project.

Relyea calls Skaneateles Lake and Lake George “sister lakes.” Both are long, narrow, deep, lakes with low levels of the nutrients that spur algae blooms, he said. The two are also among 12 selected as high priority water bodies in New York state’s $65 million toxic algae control program.

Skaneateles Lake is half as long as, and 128 feet deeper than, Lake George, but Skaneateles will be simpler lake to study and model, Relyea said. Lake George’s surface area is larger than Skaneateles’s, and it has a more varied lake bottom and numerous islands in the middle that alter wind and currents.

Skaneateles Lake, by contrast, “is like a long, skinny bathtub in a valley,” he said.

The Skaneateles Lake Association supports the new data collection program, said Executive Director Rachael DeWitt.

“We have a lot we can learn from them,” said DeWitt, who started Aug. 1, just in time for this year’s algae bloom. “The more data we obtain, the better.”

 

Source: Syracuse.com

News from the Skaneateles Lake Association

 

Our Team of Many Members Has Been Busy                                       Fran Rotunno Fish

 

Earlier this year when we were sending out membership renewal notices to our 2017 members, the letter started out with the following sentence: “The Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) of this past fall was the most “in your face” threat that Skaneateles Lake has ever experienced.”  Sadly, here we are in August 2018 dealing with another Algal Bloom.  And like last year, the SLA has been out front dealing with the Algal Bloom.  Our Skaneateles Lake Association Shoreline HAB Monitoring Volunteers, organized by SLA’s project coordinator, Mary Menapace, responded to many calls from community members and collecting samples for possible testing and taking photos for examining suspicious elements on the shore line or in the lake.  Our Executive Director, Rachael DeWitt, has been getting email blasts out to the 900 plus families in our SLA member database and using social media to advise a wider audience of test results, beach closings and actions to take.  Rachael DeWitt, SLA President, Paul Torrisi, and many other SLA Board members have been fielding questions to get the correct information to those who email or phone in with their observations, concerns and questions.

 HOWEVER, WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT IS ALL THAT THE SLA HAS BEEN DOING SINCE LAST YEAR’S ALGAL BLOOM TO PUT INTO ACTION A PLAN TO DETERMINE THE SOURCE FACTORS RESULTING IN THE BLOOM AND DETERMINING WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT.  We cannot control most of the major factors that contribute to the bloom including:  warm days and water, sunny days and calm waters.  We can determine the significant sources of the nutrient load that is the last essential ingredient for an Algal Bloom.  We are a significant part of the team working on that and this is what we our doing.

Our Nutrient Management Committee, which is one of the 4 parts of the SLA’s HAB Action Plan has been working extensively to get the proposal submitted by the Town of Skaneateles with the CNY Community Planning and Development Board to the Department of State for a $300,000 grant to develop a 9E Plan.  The submission and approval of this plan is essential to be eligible for millions of dollars in grants for further monitoring and major remediation projects to reduce the nutrient loading of the lake.

It is important to note that award of this $300,000 grant requires a 25% match from the organization submitting the request.  The Skaneateles Lake Association has already funded the significant portion of this required match.  Most importantly, we have funded it in a way that puts us ahead of the game in determining possible major sources of nutrient loading.  This has been accomplished because we have contracted with the Upstate Fresh Water Institute to conduct extensive ongoing monitoring of 3 additional tributaries – Grout Brook, Bear Swamp Creek and Harold Brook.  Each stream will be visited on a bi‐weekly basis to maintain the equipment and to collect water samples for laboratory analyses and also during two storm event surveys intended to capture high flow conditions.  The following parameters will be measured:  total phosphorus, total dissolved phosphorus, soluble reactive phosphorus, total nitrogen, nitrate+nitriate, total ammonia, particulate organic carbon, dissolved organic carbon, total dissolved solids, turbidity, and silica will be essential in making determinations of possible remediation projects for state funding.

This monitoring has been supported by a few generous donations from community members and the Town of Niles has also provided support.  With funding from the Town of Skaneateles this same monitoring has been conducted for several years on Shotwell Brook.  With the addition of the monitoring of 3 additional tributaries by the SLA we are developing a significant database for future decisions on actions to take.

And there is more.  Charles Driscoll, SLA Board Member and Professor at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, is conducting additional monitoring of 6 more intermediate tributaries including 5 and 10 mile creeks, Hardscrabble, Glen Cove, Bentley Brook, and Fisher Creek.  He has collected two rounds of samples from those tributaries already and will be providing Mary Menapace with sampling bottles to give to SLA volunteers who will be trained to continue the sample collection.  Dr. Driscoll has equipment to do additional monitoring in 4 of the 6 of the streams and the SLA is anticipating the ability to fund the equipment for monitoring the other 2 streams.

Finally, as previously reported, the SLA and the Jefferson Project partnership has established a cooperative relationship and the vertical profiler, Atlantis II was installed in Skaneateles Lake on July 30th.  We have received our first data report from the profiler, which is extensive, and that data and continuing data from it will be a further component of the data used in helping us to determine potential actions to take including further monitoring and remediation projects to help protect the lake.

The SLA is planning watershed wide community education programs and projects and will be supporting efforts by the DEC and the Cornell Cooperative Extension in their programs and efforts.  All of the SLA efforts are focused on working cooperatively with government and private agencies for the protection and remediation of the lake.  The SLA’s efforts are focused on promoting participation by every member of the Skaneateles Lake watershed community in the programs that will be offered and/or actions that reflect the lake protective practices offered by those programs.

Today, you can join in those efforts by supporting us with your SLA membership or SLA membership renewal for 2018 and by encouraging your friends and neighbors to join the SLA.

You can join the SLA u at SkaneatelesLake.org or you can call 315-6850916 and request a Member Registration Form to be mailed.

The past 2 weeks our membership efforts have been supported by the extensive efforts of Anne Salzhauer and Meredith Torrisi and the assistance of Jean Sardino, Pam Ryan and Eileen Murphy in preparing membership materials and maintaining the member database.

Please thank the following for co-supporting the Milfoil Boar for a day or multiple days:  Jennie & Stephan Bersani, Elet & John Callahan, Robert Congel, Jen & Bill Mayo, Molly Elliott, Goffe Cottage (Carla & David Goffe), Bob Honold, Dr. Robert Vitkus, Elaine & Mathew Medwid, Noreen & Michael Falcone, Barbara & Kenneth Hearst, Marcia & Robert Hunt, Jolie & Scott Johnston, Mary Marshall, Cynthia & William McCauley, Cate & Sally, Kelly & Gregory Weaver, Louise & Robert Ganley, Celeste Gudas

Please thank the following for sponsoring the Milfoil Boat for a day or multiple days:  Molly & Todd Phillips, Anne Marie & Carl Gerst, Lindsay Groves, Sherill & Dave Ketchum, Helga & Henry Beck, Barbara & Craig Froelich, Joseph, Lynne, Michael, Elena, David & Tracy Romano, Amelia Kaymen & Eric Yopes, and Anonymous Donor.

Please thank the following for sponsoring an Invasive Species Monitoring Steward for a day:  Sandra Loli & Richard Boni, Dorothy Krause, Liz & Bill Sharp, Renee & Joseph Lane, Patti & Marvin Langley, Sieglinde Wikstrom, Melissa & John Henry, Betsy & Bob Madden.

Please thank the following for their contributions to the David Lee Hardy Fund which supports our Invasive Species Monitoring Stewards:  Jen & Bill Mayo, Renee & Joseph Lane, Lucia EcklesSource

Source:  Skaneateles Press

 

 

HAB Update: Toxin Levels

The Skaneateles Lake Association has confirmed the following information in conversation with the Onondaga County Department of Health.  8/9/18

 

The toxin level in “finished” (post treatment) drinking water provided by the City of Syracuse and the Village of Skaneateles to city, village and town residents and some towns outside the city of Syracuse was NON-DETECTABLE at the most recent testing.  

  • This means that the water sourced from the city and the village is SAFE for drinking by all.
  • The “finished” water will continue to be tested every day until the toxin level is NON-DETECTABLE for three (3) consecutive days.

 

The toxin level in the raw (pre-treatment) water from Skaneateles Lake was 0.3μg/liter at the most recent testing.

  • Toxin level of 0.3μg/liter or above is deemed unsafe for drinking by sensitive populations (infants and immunocompromised individuals).  
  • Toxin level of less than 4μg/liter is deemed safe for recreational use of the water (swimming, etc.). As a result, the Clift Park and Skaneateles Country Club waterfronts were permitted to be reopened on Thursday at the direction of the Onondaga County Department of Health.

 

Attention lakefront owners who draw their water directly from Skaneateles Lake: According to the New York State Department of Health, it is never advisable to drink water from a surface source unless it has been treated by a public drinking water system, regardless of the presence of HABs. 

 

News from the Skaneateles Lake Association

 A Large Team, but More Players Needed                              Fran Rotunno Fish  

The Skaneateles Lake Association is comprised of a large team of players.  Our 21 SLA Board Members are currently joined by 900 members (those who have joined the SLA within the past 12 months).  That current membership list (as of 7/21/18) is on our website at SkaneatelesLake.org.

The strength of the SLA Team is enhanced by a number of factors.   The first factor is that 195 of the 900 current members donated funds in excess of the annual membership.  The names of those members are published in the Skaneateles Press at the end of a “News from the SLA” column (including this one.)

The strength of the SLA Team is also enhanced by the work of many beyond their membership or official capacity.

This additional strength comes from the members of our Nutrient Management Committee who have spent countless hours delineating the elements and specifics of the 9 Element Plan that will be submitted to NYS and is a requirement for consideration of award(s) from Gov. Cuomo’s funding designated to fight harmful algal blooms.  The members of that Committee include:  Bob Werner, Bill Dean, Mark Burger, Aimee Clinkhammer, Mary Sennett, Neil Murphy, Richard Wiles, Zack Odell and Brian Madigan.

We are also strengthened by the Shoreline Survey Volunteers for the DEC Harmful Algal Bloom

Surveillance Program including Annette Becker, Deb Hole, John McAllister, Nigel Moll, Susan Wulff, Catherine King, Julie Bourke, Lindsay Groves, Anthony Rusniak, Alfred Coons, Robert Warfield, George Thomas, Patty Orr, Paul and Mary Torrisi, Holden Fenner, Terri Dewitt, Barb Poole, Carolyn Widas, Carrie Scholz, Lori Klock, Claire Howard, Diane Chu, Kathy Gorr, Julie Scuderi, Mary and Scott Case, Joan Callaway, and John and Mayr Menapace.  These volunteers will be observing their assigned area of the lake shoreline for any appearances of a HAB and following through with the defined protocol for picture submission and sampling in order to ensure we have early recognition and can specify location should a HAB develop.

The SLA Team is strengthened by Rachael DeWitt who has maintained and enhanced our presence on social media.  Her efforts have drawn in thousands to twitter, Facebook and Instagram as followers.  These efforts strengthen us with a volume of response and recognition that is the only possible through these platforms.   As of August 1, Rachael is joining the SLA as its Executive Director.  Rachael is a B. S. graduate of the University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.  She has been involved with the SLA from her early high school years and was our first Invasive Species Monitoring Steward.  The SLA Board is thrilled to have her join us and the entire Skaneateles Lake watershed community in our efforts to protect the treasure that is Skaneateles Lake.

The strength of the SLA Team is enhanced by all those whose efforts made the 2018 Annual Meeting a success including Salli Tuozzolo, Dessa Bergen, Kim Driscoll, Mary Torrisi, Mary Ellen Hennigan, Patty Weisse, Ann Fairbanks, Terry DeWitt, Janet Stinson, Kathryn Coughlin, Claire Howard, Mary Marshall, Jen Warning, Betsy Madden, Bob Madden, Carolyn Cramer, Stan Cramer, Bev White, Steve White, Martha Kendrick, Janet Stinson, Bill Stinson, Dan Fisher, Charlie Driscoll, Brian Harkins, Don Plath, Steve Mott, Joe Paduda, Dave Ketchum, Charlie McElroy, Ron Dippold, Ham Fish, Mike Kelly,  Carol-Stokes Cawley, Ham Fish, Patty Orr, Ron & Janet Dippold, Dave Ketchum, Tom Adessa, John Menapace, Mary Torrisi, Claire Howard, Chris Legg, Kathryn Coughlin, Lois Exner, Bill Warning, Rob Howard, Chris Legg, Ella Bobbett, Kathryn Morrissey, Collin Morrisey and Nora Curtis.   Special members of the SLA Meeting Team included Mike Preston Director of Lourdes Camp; Tom the Lourdes Camp cook who grilled on an incredibly hot day, Ken Harms who provided our music and the Skaneateles American Legion who prepared the salt potatoes.  The Annual Meeting Committee:  Paul Torrisi, Deb Tifft, Debbie Bobbett, Mary Sennett, Gretchen Roberts, Buzz Roberts and I would never have been able to do it without the strength of these great team members.

Our strength is enhanced by the Skaneateles Marina which provides us with dockage for the Milfoil Boats.  This is a great time saver for the Milfoil Team and also serves to provide the boats with safe “housing.”

Our strength is enhanced by community members who have stepped up and offered to help with membership efforts including Annette Becker, Fran McCormack and Barb Poole.  It is also enhanced by Dave and Lois Laxton’s Lakeside Food and Flowers Program that provides a donation to the SLA for each membership in the Program.

So, you might ask with this large team why do we need more players and what players do we need.  The why is fairly simple.  The work of protecting Skaneateles Lake from future threats is and is going to be a growing and never-ending job.  With what we understand the threats to be today, we have a big job.  But, given the questions about future threats and the causes and preventive actions needed to mitigate those threats the job will only become bigger and more expensive and we need MORE PLAYERS,             that is more clearly defined as, MORE SLA MEMBERS on the team.  Right now, far too many are missing from the team line up.  There are 693 properties in the Skaneateles Lake community with lake frontage or lake rights whose owners are not current members of the SLA and many of those 693 have never been members in the history of the SLA or its predecessor organizations.

You can join the SLA team online at SkaneatelesLake.org or by calling 315-685-9106 and requesting a member registration form and return envelope.

The following individuals’ memberships and additional generous donations are sponsoring the milfoil boats for a day or multiple days:  Elizabeth & John McKinnell, Carrie Lazarus & Dave Birchenough, Suzanne & Sidney Devorsetz, Katherine & Joseph Compagni, James & Salli Tuozzolo, William & Barbara Dean, Lorraine Rapp & Jeffrey Kirshner, Maggie & Ed Dienst, Julie & Jim Moore, Janet & Donald Frank, Christine Larsen & Vincent Dopulos, Kimball & James Kraus, Mary & Joseph Gaffney, Mid-Lakes Navigation, Jackie & Steve Miron, VanOrder Family Partnership, Chancea & Donald Sundman, Deborah & Gary Hind and Joan Christy & Tom Bersani.

The following individuals’ memberships and additional generous donations are co-sponsoring the milfoil boats:  Katherine Cogswell & Walter Benson, Gerard & Virginia Shanley, Pamela & Michael Odlum, Michelle & John Mashia, Jean & John Vincent, Barbara Benedict & Duncan Wormer, Nancy Thomas & Chris Legg, Linda & Randel Brink, Jill & Todd Marshall, Suzanne & Bill Burch, Rose Ann & Ron Gay, Dena Weber, Francine Devitt, Katherine & Joseph Compagni, Carlyn Helmer (in memory of Jack Helmer), Margaret Tourville, Linda Lavery, Kathryn & Robert Fagliarone, Deborah & Richard Hole, Joanne Dusel & Scott Sayles, Karen & Chris Kriedler, Judy Robertson, Kati & Larry Weiss, Helen & Keith Simonelli, Elet & John Callahan, Maureen & Don Plath, Robert Congel, Jaime Tuozzolo, Deborah & James Tifft and Sara Collins & Robert Parsons, Karen Yuhas & Jack Riley, Kathryn Pasqua & James Helmer, Barbara & Jed Delmonico, Christine & Robert Pierce, Jacqueline & Charles Giancola, Susan & James Solomon, Ellie & Chet Benoit, Lynn & ,David Curtin, Tracy & David Romano, Beth & David Conley, Elizabeth & John McKinnell, Kristopher Scholl and Jacqueline Bays & Joseph McCaffrey.

The following individuals’ memberships and additional generous donations are sponsoring our Stewards for a day:  Dessa & William Bergen, Shadow Lawn Lakeshore Association, Joan & Gene Tarolli, Barbara & Robert Amsler, Deborah & James Tifft, Carol Lynn Krumhansl & Jeff Roberts, Lorraine Gudas, Sharon & John Paddock, Kuni & Patrick Riccardi, Judd Seales, Gary Dower, Patty & Jim Hertz, Sue & Joe Spalding, Kristopher Scholl, Jacqueline Bays & Joseph McCaffrey.

The following individuals’ memberships and additional generous donations are supporting the David Lee Hardy Fund which helps to support our Steward program:  Virginia & Gerard Shanley, Sandra Attleson, Anne Buehler, Janice Hardy, Mary Beth & Jeff Carlberg, Frances & John McNerny, Linda Lavery, Sharon & John Paddock, Shadow Lawn Lakeshore Association, Gazella Training Instructors & Students, Gary Dower and Virginia Calvert & Robert Dean.

Watch for our column next week when we will be telling you more about the Vertical Profiler, Atlantis II, deployed and anchored in the North end of the lake.  You will not want to miss the story.