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News from the Skaneateles Lake Association…Jump in and Join

Fran Rotunno Fish

Skaneateles Lake is open and people are jumping in…docks are being put in, the fishing and recreational boats are out there, kayakers and paddlers are enjoying the beauty of the early season on the lake, and soon, I am sure, we will see water-skiers in wet suits showing off their skills.

Do not let this peaceful early season scene erase from your memory the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) of the fall of 2017 that defied the community’s long held belief that our lake was safe from such an event.  The ingredients for another HAB remain the same:  warm water, a stable water column, sun and nutrients in the lake.  The only ingredient we can control is the nutrients.

Responding to the HAB, the Skaneateles Lake Association develop a draft 4-part Action Plan in October 2017 and several community members with specific expertise to share jumped in and joined, spending many days and long hours with our board members community to get the specifics of the plan outlined and the cost estimated for Nutrient Management component of the SLA Plan.  With the announcement from the Governor that there would be state funding in the future for HAB Action Plans, our SLA effort became even more important as the data collection portion of our Nutrient Management Plan would provide significant support for state grant funding applications.  There will be more detail about all of this in our Newsletter which will be mailed out at the end of May and our 2018 Annual Meeting on June 30th.

Our Watershed Community Citizens Task Force has already held the first of its planned forums to educate the watershed community.  A forum on using Native Plantings to Improve Water Quality was held in April and on June 6th at 7 pm at the Skaneateles Hight School Auditorium you can jump in and join the forum on Harmful Algal Blooms & Water Quality with guest speaker and HAB expert Dr. Tim Davis.

Right now, every resident of the Skaneateles Lake watershed has the opportunity to jump in and join the effort to control the nutrient level of the lake water:  reduce lawn areas, plant native plants especially on the lake front, set your lawn mower at 2.5 – 3 inches (or have your lawn service do the same), leave lawn clippings in place to enrich the soil and encourage root growth which promotes soil retention and filtration (clippings DO NOT create thatch), protect your trees (do not tunnel mulch) as they are terrific filters of water, test your soil as most soil in the watershed does not need fertilization (testing kits available at the Skaneateles Town Office), avoid or limit the use of chemical pesticides, check with your septic service provider re an appropriate schedule for septic tank service depending on the size of your tank and your household, check out the grants available for septic system replacement or upgrade, and if you have waterfront, rake the leaves off your shoreline so that the higher summer water does not take them into the lake.

We are going to have other volunteer positions available for community members to conduct tributary and stream monitoring.  Information about these positions will be on our website and you could jump in and join in this active role to collect the data we need to plan for effective preventive interventions.

Plan to jump in and join Mid-Lakes Navigation’s celebration of their 50th Anniversary on June 2nd.  The event is not only a celebration of Mid-Lakes, but also a benefit for the SLA.

Please plan to jump in and join us at the SLA’s 2018 Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 30th from 5 – 7 pm at Lourdes Camp.  Details are on our website ( under the News/Events tab

Finally, if you live on the lake; if you boat, swim, kayak, sail or paddle the lake; if you fish the lake; if you drink the lake water; if the lake draws customers to your business; or if you just love the lake, shouldn’t you be a member of the Skaneateles Lake Association?  Jump in and join today.  You can join on line at or call 315-685-9106 for a registration form.

Please thank the following for Sponsoring the Milfoil Boat for a day:  Amy & Christopher Neumann, Sally & Robert Neumann, Victoria & Richard Meyer, Tacie & Roland Anderson, Jennifer Sutherland, Gretchen & Buzz Roberts, Marjorie & Kenneth Blanchard, Louisa & John Cohlan, Deborah & Edward Brennan, Libby & Arnold Rubenstein, Laurel Moranz & John MacAllister, Donna & William Davis, Dawn & Lew Allyn, Mary Ellen & Joseph Hennigan, Elsa & Peter Soderberg, Jeannie & Henry Slauson, Janet & Bill Allyn, Candace & John Marsellus, Maclaren & Rochelle Cummings, Elmer Richards & Sons, Jane & Peter Hueber, Nancy & Douglas McDowell.

We have many who have co-sponsored our Milfoil Boar, sponsored a Steward and contributed the Hardy Fund and we will be listing them in our next news article.          

Source:  Skaneateles Press

News from the SLA…We are Going Seriously Social

           Rachael DeWitt

During the winter months when the temperature drops to bone chilling, it can be hard to remember the warmth of the summer and the fun times had on the lake. Some of us spend our time inside bundled beneath a Snuggie, others brave the elements limiting as much exposure of skin as possible, and even others flee the snow entirely and move to a warmer state. Those of us who decided to stay in Central New York to embrace the cold, are now beginning to question our decisions and dream of tropical climates. It’s difficult to imagine that Skaneateles Lake, with a thick layer of ice out to the Country Club, will ever warm up to the point when we can swim in it again. During these frigid times, the Skaneateles Lake Association (SLA) is still operating under full swing thinking about the months ahead when once again we will be relaxing by the lake.

In order to continue to reach our audience during the months when we lose more than half of our lake’s population, we are beginning to take our message to new platforms. Keep an eye out for our presence on social media. We have accounts on Facebook (@Skaneateles Lake Association), Instagram (@skaneateleslakeassociation), and Twitter (@SkanLakeAssoc). On these accounts we will keep our audience informed of SLA events, the current status of the quality of our lake, important New York State policy actions, introduce you to our amazing team, and much more! Through these accounts we welcome our followers to send us a message sharing their concerns about the lake, share pictures of potential threats to the lake, beautiful pictures of the lake, and questions about the status of our work. Please give us a follow, share us with your Skaneateles and local friends, and invite those friends to like our social media pages. The more people we reach, the more effective our mission becomes. If you want to feature us in your posts tag us or use the hashtags: #SLA #skaneateleslakeassociation #clearlakepurewater.

Since the beginning of February, we have been taking measures to increase our following. In this short amount of time we have made some great progress. As of February 12th, our following has increased on Facebook from 186 to 264, on Instagram from 580 to 663, and we recently created a Twitter account.

Each platform has a link to our website ( where our followers can learn more about our mission, become a member, and see what we are currently doing to protect our lake. If you are not yet a member of this incredible lake association, head straight to our website to sign up. Membership dues and donations are tax deductible. This is an important year to become a member with the Harmful Algal Bloom that was found in the lake last summer.

We are hoping these platforms will help us spread our message with more individuals, increase our member base, and engage a younger generation while informing them about the importance of keeping our lake clean. Help do your part by giving us a follow, sharing with your friends, and becoming a member. Thank you for your support.

Thinking ahead to the summer, please save Saturday, June 30th from 5 – 7 pm for the 2018 SLA annual meeting at Lourdes Camp.

The 2018 memberships and additional donations of the following will be sponsoring the Milfoil Boar for a day in the coming season:  Margaret & Angelo Scopelianos, Susan & Curt Andersson, Lynn Cleary & David Duggan, Johanna & Gianfranco Frittelli, Pam & Dug Hamlin.   The Milfoil Boat will be co-sponsored in the coming season by the 2018 memberships and additional donations from Mark Congel, Deborah & William Delaney, Jacqueline Bays & Joseph McCarthy, Kathleen & David Zappata, George Ann & Edwin Bock, Linda & Paul Cohen, Patty Orr.  We have also received Invasive Species Monitoring Steward sponsorships for the coming season from Ashley & Dennis Longwell, Anne & William Lynn, Meredith & Paul Torrisi, Elizabeth & Joseph Wood and Jacqueline Bays & Joseph McCaffrey.

Source:  Skaneateles Press



News from the Skaneateles Lake Association…..Membership Matters

Fran Rotunno Fish

There is much to say about the 2017 Skaneateles Lake Association Membership.  On the very positive side 823 individuals/families joined this SLA in 2017 which is 86 more memberships than 2016 (about a 12% increase).  Additionally, on the positive side, 109 individuals/families joined in 2017 who were first time members and a good number of those came in late in the season …after the bloom.  Hopefully, a realization of the importance of the SLA to the health of the lake was an impetus for new memberships.  We hope to see all 108 of those memberships rejoining in 2018.  Finally, we are pleased to be able to report and commend the 109 individuals/families who have been members of the SLA for SEVEN consecutive years starting in 2011 through 2017.  Sustained memberships are the backbone of funding for a non-profit organization and we hope that all 823 of our 2017 members will rejoin in 2018.

We are disappointed that 86 individuals/families who joined in 2016 did not rejoin in 2017.  If they had joined our membership for 2018 would have been over 900!  We hope that each of those 86 individuals/families will respond to a letter sent to them recently reminding them that we need them back for 2018.   THE MOST DISAPPOINTING MEMBERSHIP MATTER IS THAT OVER 400 INDIVIDUALS/FAMILIES WITH PROPERTY ON THE LAKEFRONT OR PROPERTY WITH LAKE RIGHTS HAVE NEVER JOINED THE SLA.

Membership dues and the additional donations that support the efforts of the SLA are very important.  Being a steward of the lake, keeping eyes on the lake and following the “if you see something, say something” mantra of public safety is important, but we need every member to also be on the “membership outreach team” and encourage membership in the Skaneateles Lake Association.  We have available membership registration forms in an envelope with the following message printed on it:  “ If you live on the lake; if you boat, swim, kayak, sail or paddle the lake; if you fish the lake; if you drink the lake water; if the lake draws customers to your business; or if you just love the lake, shouldn’t you be a member of the Skaneateles Lake Association?  Join us today.  Registration Form & Mailing Envelope Enclosed or Go to   Thank You!”.  If you would like a few of these envelopes to use to encourage membership in the SLA advise us via the “contact us” tab at and they will be sent to you to use.

Please thank the following for their sponsorship of the Milfoil Boat: Ellen Brown & Carl Schramm, Alexandra & Richard Nicklas, Johanna & Gianfranco Frittelli, the Columbian Foundation, Norma & Dave McCarthy, Karen & Paul Black, Lynn & Gardner McLean, Nicole & Michael Falcone, Patience Brewster & Holly Gregg, and The Sherwood Inn.

Please thank the following for their co-sponsorship of the Milfoil Boat:  Kathleen & Ben Tarantino, Nellie Ramsden & Kenneth Hyde, Erica and Ken Byrne, Linda & Bruce Kenan, Ann & Gary Tyndall, Mary Beth and William Gleason, Annette & Peter Becker, Patricia & Ralph Troisi, Carol & Tom Fletcher, Christina Castle, Sandra Skiff, Ann Hinchcliff, JoDean & Timothy Orcutt, Meg O’Connell & Eric Allyn, Mary Jane & Gary Lowery, Deborah & Joseph Augustine, Beth & Bob Filiczkowski, Linda & Russell Ruthig, Lynn Bonniver,  Mary Pat & Dan Suits, Bev & Steve White, Gina & Geoffrey Wickwire, Nancy & Guido Van der Ven, Judith Krieger, Barbara & John Spain, Tammy & Stephen Down,  Nancy & Guy Easter,  and The Sherwood Inn.

Please thank the following for their sponsorship an Invasive Species Monitoring Steward for a day:  Robert Scheer, Catherine & Steven Fedrizzi, Emily & James Johnson, Mary & Richard Kokosa, Diane Forney, Julie Stafford & Michael Boudreau, Enid & Gabor Racz, Bob Honold, Emma & Patrick Delmonico, Susan Phipps Littlehales and The Sherwood Inn.

Please thank the following for their donations to the Hardy Fund which helps to support the Invasive Species Monitoring Steward Program:  Edward Spencer, Edward Carsky, Katherine McCarthy, Dawn & John Altmeyer, Martha Stephens, Pam & John Pidhirny, Beverly Quimby, Nancy Murray, Kendra & Donald Witter, Beverlee Akerblom, Robert Scheer, Gracia Kozio, Camille & Thomas Potter, Peggy & John Manring, Mary Jacqueline Keady and The Sherwood Inn.

You can jump in and join the SLA today at or call 315-685-9106 and request a member registration form.

Source:  Skaneateles Press 






News From the SLA…Looking Back and Looking Forward

Fran Rotunno Fish

The Board of Directors of the SLA, SLA members and the entire lake community know that 2017 will be a year to remember ….for many reasons.

The year begin with the Board of Directors making the decision to purchase another acre of matting to be prepared by John Menapace with cable/rebar to hold it in place so that during the season we could increase matting of milfoil patches from 5 to 6 acres.  This was a $10,000 decision that could only be made with the confidence that our ANNUAL membership dues and additional donations would grow to support the decision and still fund our total Milfoil Control Program and the Invasive Species Monitoring Steward Program.  With intensive membership promotion efforts, the lake community responded.

The Board determined that it needed to enhance its efforts to protect the lake from additional invasive plants and animals by expanding the Steward Program season into the Fall and beginning it earlier in the Spring (when our student stewards are generally not available) AND to develop written materials and audio-visual programs that we could use on our website, at community meetings and via social media. To accomplish this effort the SLA would need seed funding and it was decided to apply for a grant from the Central New York Community Foundation.  A group of SLA Board members worked together to complete the grant application and in June 2017 the Board was advised that the grant had been approved.

As a result, we were able to hire 4 adult Stewards to be on site at the DEC, the Town of Skaneateles and the Town of Scott boat launches during the Fall season and over 400 boats were inspected to ensure no potentially invasive plants or animals were transported from other bodies of water into Skaneateles Lake.  Continuing an expanded season for our Invasive Species Monitoring Stewards can only continue with an increasing ANNUAL SLA membership as grant seed money is provided to get something started not maintain long term programs.

The SLA has also started working with Carrie Lazarus, who is volunteering her services, to produce a video about Skaneateles Lake emphasizing what makes it special, how invasive species will continue to be a threat and what everyone needs to do to help prevent the introduction of new or additional invasive species into the lake.  We look forward to the completion of this video for widespread use.

In July, we held our 7th annual SLA meeting on the property of Bill and Janet Stinson in the Highlands of Skaneateles.  Over 250 people joined together in their commitment to the continued beauty of Skaneateles Lake and its clear, pure water.  At that meeting, perhaps prophetically, Bill Stinson spoke of his hope we would all work together and that the landscape would remain green and the lake water blue.

AND THEN IN SEPTEMBER THE HARMFUL BLUE GREEN ALGAL BLOOM APPEARED and the Skaneateles Lake Association was the first responder, collecting the sample, getting it initially tested and alerting all the government agencies.

The SLA Board immediately went into action and consulting with community experts to develop an action plan and the workgroups described in that action plan have been hard at work and gathering participation from committed community members.

The Watershed Nutrient Management Workgroup chaired by SLA board members, Bob Werner and Bill Dean, tasked to study and control nutrient management and runoff, has been meeting regularly to develop a plan to control input of nutrients into Skaneateles Lake at levels that would greatly reduce the probability of a harmful algal bloom (HAB).

The Watershed Community Involvement Workgroup, chaired by Mary Menapace, is developing plans for community forums, literature and programs.  The plans will offer every member of the lake community the information needed and the opportunity to do the right thing to care for the watershed and the lake and step up to the plate to help conduct these programs and practices on an ongoing basis.

The Watershed Governance Workgroup headed up by Bob Liegel, Esq. and Rich Hole, Esq. is working to establish a Watershed Council of all the watershed municipalities to speak with one voice regarding watershed rules and regulations, and enforcement.  This would help unify the entire watershed and expedite much of the work that needs to be accomplished.

The opportunity to discuss the seriousness of the Harmful Algal Bloom and the SLA’s commitment to respond to it was provided at a community meeting hosted by the Falcone Family and organized by the SLA on October 18th.  Community representatives from across the Lake Community and village, town, county and state representatives from every level gathered and gave insight to the issues and potential for action.  With the presence of the Basil Seggos, Commissioner of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation it was a powerful meeting and a powerful vehicle for gaining the close attention of the Governor.

This Action Plan and its 3 Workgroups have become all the more important with the announcement by the Governor of significant funding for the protection of 12 NYS Lakes, including Skaneateles Lake, from Harmful Algal Blooms.  While we anticipate that this funding and the actions taken will be implemented under the State DEC we know that Aimee Clinkhammer from the Finger Lake Watershed Hub, who has already been working with the SLA Watershed Nutrient Management Workgroup will be the DEC coordinator for Skaneateles Lake.  As such we expect our Watershed Nutrient Management Workgroup will continue to be a key member of the team.

The Board of Directors of the SLA reminds the entire Skaneateles Lake community that we need their continued ANNUAL membership and the memberships of many more, especially lakefront property owners who have not previously joined the SLA, to continue to carry out all of our ongoing plans to protect the treasure that is Skaneateles Lake.

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

Source:  Skaneateles Press


From the SLA: Addressing harmful algae blooms

SLA News Update on HABs by Paul Torrisi

Following the detection and reporting of the recent Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) on Skaneateles Lake in September, the SLA continued to take the lead in organizing a plan of action to “control the controllables”. We all quickly learned that the “toxic bloom” we experienced was not an “algae” bloom but a response from a tiny bacteria that has existed in every body of freshwater on the planet for billions of years, i.e., cyanobacteria (aka blue-green algae).

The nutrient loading that occurred with the unprecedented 25 inches of rain in the spring and early summer creating a turbid, debris strewn lake for most of July, was a set up for what occurred in September-an almost unheard of 12 day period of perfect calm, higher water temperatures, and nothing but sunlight! These tiny organisms flourished in a nutrient rich lake in a “perfect storm” scenario and released their toxins, resulting in an un-drinkable, un-swimmable lake for months.

The “dagger in the heart” was a restaurant in Syracuse with its window sign “bragging” that they don’t get their drinking water from Skaneateles Lake!!!

This Four Point Action Plan from the SLA was activated in October, a few weeks into the toxic bloom:

1) Nutrient Management Committee to study and implement control of runoff/nutrient loading into the lake – a daunting and long term task! A group of experts was recruited by SLA’s Bob Werner and Bill Dean and have already met twice, and are continuing to study on a daily basis what needs to be done to reach their goal: “develop and ensure the implementation of a plan to reduce the input of nutrients into Skaneateles Lake to levels that will greatly reduce the probability of a harmful algal bloom.

This is a very complex issue with perhaps a multitude of contributing factors to the HAB, especially on a “low phosphorous” lake. Do invasive species such as zebra mussels and Eurasian milfoil play a role? Stay tuned for lots more information from this group!

In addition to Bob Werner (SLA) and Bill Dean (SLA), this task force includes Rich Abbott(City of Syr.), Mark Burger(Onon. Cty SWCD), Aimee Clinkhammer (DEC), Mary Sennett (SLA), Neil Murphy (SLA/ESF), Richard Wiles (SLA), Zack Odell (FLLT), and Brian Madigan (SLA).

2) Community Involvement Committee headed up by SLA’s Mary Menapace.

This group is focusing on what we can do as individual stakeholders and as a community, immediately and long term, to have a lasting impact on the health of Skaneateles Lake.

Mary is already working with Annette Becker writing a “best practices” booklet on how each individual can positively and negatively affect the Lake’s health with our daily routine and management of our own properties.

Carol Stokes-Cawley (Sustainable Skaneateles) along with Deb Hole and Jim Huber are helping with the editing of this booklet which will be in both hard copy and Email versions for widespread distribution.

Holly Gregg (CPCS), Debbie Bobbett (school curricula), along with Janice Wiles, Julie Scuderi, Claire Howard, Neil Murphy, Rick Garrett (H.S. Environmental Club), David LoPiccolo (adopt a stream), and Deirdre Aureden have all volunteered to help Mary coordinate community involvement.

Mary’s plan for citizen stakeholder’s involvement:

One-education and outreach in the form not only of printed material, but starting this winter with community forums on Best Management Practices (BMPs) on and near the watershed.

Two-serve as a resource for implementing these BMPs-such as septic maintenance, lawncare, gardening, design with natives, without using potentially toxic pesticides and fertilizers-offering guidance on direction, funding, and even use of volunteer experts.

Three-this SLA Committee to help coordinate other local Agencies (Cornell Coop. Extension, CPCS, Sustainable Skaneateles, local schools and municipalities, the City and all 3 counties, farmers, DEC) to expand and amplify their good programming, and to all work in concert toward the common goal of keeping the lake healthy.

3) Watershed Governance Committee. This committee is headed up by Bob Liegel and Rich Hole, working with Jim Lanning, Joe Hennigan, and Patty Orr.

Their goal is to study and develop a governance structure for implementing a watershed management plan to protect Skaneateles Lake. The governance structure would be designed to facilitate collaboration among the counties, towns, and the village in the watershed and the City of Syracuse to develop and implement a watershed management plan (using the work product of our other two committees) and to speak with one voice regarding rules, regulations, and their enforcement!

To date this SLA Committee has reviewed governance structures used to manage and protect other lake watersheds, spoken with representatives of these governance structures, spoken with State officials involved with protecting water supplies, and met twice in committee to review and discuss their findings.

This SLA Watershed Governance Committee’s success is critical since implementation of both the Nutrient Management and Community Involvement initiatives will be difficult, if not impossible, without the cooperation of all these stakeholders.

4) SLA Fundraising to establish a reserve fund in the SLA to address specific HAB related (and invasive species) issues as they come up, and support a full time SLA Executive Director (ED), helping to coordinate all these activities in the watershed, promoting education, and serving as a constant SLA liaison among all the stakeholders.

The ED could also be instrumental in helping with other critical SLA programs such as the robust and ever-growing Stewardship Program in the lake watershed, and the Eurasian milfoil control program which will be on-going in its 12th season.

The growing scientific evidence suggesting a correlation between zebra mussels and HABs in low nutrient lakes such as ours helps to point out how these or any invasive species can have a negative impact on the health of a lake (and regional economy) years after their introduction. The fight must go on !!

Source:  Skaneateles Press



News from the SLA: Next Steps after the Algal Bloom

Paul Torrisi

Following SLA’s very informative HAB Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn, October 18th, much is in the works. That luncheon conference hosted by the Michael Falcone Family brought together over 100 folks from scientific experts on toxic algal blooms, representatives from local, City, County governments, Congressman Katko’s, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand’s, and Governor Cuomo’s offices.

 The NYS DEC was also well represented by Commissioner Seggos and many of his local and state colleagues. Concerned citizens were also in attendance.

 The agricultural community was represented well by Jim Greenfield, who gave an excellent presentation of Best Management Practices by farmers working closely with the County Soil and Water Districts.

 Much lively discussion with Qs & As from the audience and distinguished panel assembled by the SLA, followed. When all was said and done, however, the lingering question remains: FLUKE or NEW NORMAL?

 This toxic blue-green algal bloom was a shocker to us all! It falls under the “perfect storm” scenario with the unprecedented 25 inches of rainfall in spring/summer followed by the also rare prolonged calm, sunshine, and increased water temperatures, lasting almost two weeks in September. The cyanobacteria loved it! They had all the food from the increased sediment they could possibly wish for.  Presto- a green, unswimmable, undrinkable lake with lingering toxins.

 SLA decided to jump into action and not wait to see if this reoccurs next year or again in 5 years. The fact remains that our climate patterns are changing with temperatures trending up and more precipitation in CNY as rainfall rather than a more deliberate, slow melting spring snowpack, thus creating a recipe for repetitive severe runoff into the lake with its nutrient loading.

 So, SLA, hoping to function as a catalyst in this equation, came up with a 4 POINT ACTION PLAN as an attempt to try and “control the controllables”:

 1)  A Task Force Committee to study and control Nutrient Management and runoff into the lake, especially during the more frequent monster storms. Their goal is to develop a plan to control input of nutrients into Skaneateles Lake at levels that would greatly reduce the probability of a harmful algal bloom (HAB). Working with Bob Werner and Bill Dean are Rich Abbott (City of Syr. Water Dept.), Mark Burger (Onon.County Soil&Water Consv.District), Aimee Clinkhammer (DEC), Neil Murphy (ESF), Richard Wiles(Senior VP for Program Strategy & Integration at Climate Central,Inc.), Brian Madigan (Environmental Consultant), Zack O’Dell (FingerLakesLandTrust).

 2)  A Task Force Committee for Community Involvement. This is headed up by Mary Menapace .  Many have offered to help and as projects develop many more will be needed to assist with such things as publications, seminars and the like, to show citizens what they can do with their own properties on promoting a healthy watershed. Additionally, community “cove keepers “ and “adopt a stream” programs will be promoted. Also, many innovative policies regarding attitudes to lawn care, use of pesticides/fertilizers in the watershed, school programs, developing “watershed wise” logos and awards for homeowners and contractors- all to help keep unwanted nutrients and sediments from entering the lake.

 3)  Fund raising to establish a reserve fund in the SLA to address specific issues and/or projects as they come up, assist in work necessary to apply for larger governmental grants, and also to support a full time watershed management coordinator to help expedite ALL of the above.

 4)  Finally, a special SLA committee headed up by Bob Liegel,Esq. and Rich Hole,Esq. to look into establishing a Watershed Council or Intermunicipal Organization of all the watershed municipalities to speak with one voice regarding watershed rules and regulations, and enforcement ! This would help unify the entire watershed and expedite much of the work that needs to be accomplished.

 Needless to say, we, as a CNY and Skaneateles Lake community have a daunting task ahead of us but the resources may become available from government and private sources to help pull this all together. All we can do as individual stakeholders is take a “personal pledge” to do everything possible to keep the lake blue, not green.

 To be continued….