Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County (CCE) is eager to continue working with the Skaneateles Lake Watershed community towards our common goal of protecting the water quality of Skaneateles Lake. We are enthusiastic to bring new programming and opportunities to the watershed in addition to supporting the abundant efforts already being taken by watershed residents, its municipal leaders, the Skaneateles Lake Association and other groups who are actively working to protect the lake.
A bit of background on CCE’s involvement in the Skaneateles Watershed: CCE developed the Skaneateles Lake Watershed Education Program for the City of Syracuse in 1996 and has been running the program since its inception. The City of Syracuse continues to fund and support this extensive program as it enters its twentieth year. The Water Quality Education Program for the 2018 year will bring workshops, trainings, educational materials, relevant updates to the watershed community. Given last year’s Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in the lake, CCE is prioritizing providing the community with important information regarding HABs and creating opportunities for watershed residents to connect with experts, scientists, and government agency staff who can speak to HABs in our watershed and what we can do moving forward.
The Watershed Education Program will continue towork in conjunction with CCE’s Farm Business Management Service. The Farm Business Management Service is a component of the Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agricultural Program, which was initiated in 1994 through a contract between The Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District (OCSWCD) and the City of Syracuse. Currently, the program has 40 farms enrolled, each one with a whole farm plan that recommends Best Management Practices (BMP) to be implemented on the farm to address priority water quality concerns. BMP implementation is paid for through the SLWAP with principal funding provided by the City of Syracuse and other outside sources.
Together, these programs work to increase water quality awareness, reduce non-point source pollution, increase watershed health and help fulfill the terms of the City of Syracuse’s filtration avoidance waiver. The programs connect residents, homeowners, farmers, landowners and municipal officials in the Skaneateles Lake Watershed to evidence-based best management practices for water quality and when possible, support the implementation of these practices. The end goal: protecting the water quality of Skaneateles Lake, a natural treasure that has provided recreational opportunities, aesthetic beauty, and economic prosperity for the community, habitat for local flora and fauna, and drinking water for over 200,00 residents for generations.Keep an eye out for CCE’s upcoming workshops, programming, and information relating to the Skaneateles Lake Watershed through our website and event calendar. Contact Shannon Fabiani at email@example.com for more information.
Last updated January 30, 2018