Skaneateles Lake provides drinking water for 200,000 residents.

Skaneateles Lake provides drinking water for 200,000 residents.

Avoid Harmful Algal Blooms (above) as they produce toxins harmful to humans and pets
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Avoid Harmful Algal Blooms (above) as they produce toxins harmful to humans and pets

There are no treatments for private water intakes that can remove the toxins found in HABs

There are no treatments for private water intakes that can remove the toxins found in HABs

Public water supply: supplier is required to treat, disinfect, and monitor water for users

Public water supply: supplier is required to treat, disinfect, and monitor water for users

Skaneateles Watershed Education Program

UPDATE: 9/6/2018 

Confirmed Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) on Skaneateles Lake 

On 9/5, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the City of Syracuse confirmed presence of a cyanobacteria HAB on Skaneateles Lake. 

The size of the bloom according to the sampler is small localized. 

Blooms can change locations and dissipate quickly, so it is important to use your best judgement when deciding to use the water and to keep an eye out for new bloom locations.

Photos below, provided by NYS DEC, are from the swim area near the country club in Skaneateles. HABs have been reported today additional locations as well. 

People, and pets, should ALWAYS avoid contact or consumption any water that appears suspicious of a bloom and follow posted signage for beach closing.

Never drink, prepare food with, or consume untreated surface water, bloom or no bloom.

If you are on a public water supply, your supplier is required to treat, disinfect, and monitor water for consumers.

Understand the Risks of Piping Surface Water into Your Home

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The program brings workshops, trainings, educational materials, volunteer and stewardship opportunities, and updates related to water quality protection to the watershed community. 
The Skaneateles Watershed Education Program works to protect the water quality of Skaneateles Lake, the primary drinking water for 200,000 residents. The City of Syracuse has funded this program since 1996. 

The Skaneateles Watershed Education Program works to:

  • reduce non-point source pollution in the watershed
  • improve watershed health and water quality
  • connect residents, homeowners, farmers, landowners, and municipal officials with information and opportunities to implement evidence-based best practices for protecting water quality
  • fulfill the City of Syracuse’s filtration avoidance waiver
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Contact

Shannon Fabiani
Water & Ecology Specialist
slf226@cornell.edu
315-424-9485 x232

Last updated September 6, 2018