Crystal clear Skaneateles Lake at Lourdes Camp on the east side
Image by Camille Marcotte

Skaneateles Lake provides drinking water for 200,000 residents.

HAB in Skaneateles Lake
Image by Nigel Moll

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

Glass of water

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

city water supply

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

Skaneateles Watershed Education Program

CCE programming in the Skaneateles watershed 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

Recent Programs:

Stewardship in Skaneateles Webinar - September 29th, 2020

This virtual event featured presentations from Finger Lakes Land Trust, CNY Land Trust and SUNY ESF related to conservation and stewardship in the Skaneateles Lake watershed. 

  • Click here to view the presentations on Youtube
    • Timestamps
    • 4:40 - Conservation Easements and Finger Lakes Land Trust’s Skaneateles Projects (Max Heitner, Finger Lakes Land Trust) 
    • 52:00 - Central New York Land Trust’s Skaneateles Projects and Watershed Education Center (Albert Joerger, CNY Land Trust) 
    • 1:35:08 - Lawn to Meadow Restoration Program (Sam Quinn, SUNY ESF)

Landscaping for Shorelines Webinar - October 14th, 2020

This webinar provided tips for landscaping shorelines to prevent erosion and protect water quality, including examples of native species that are low maintenance, resilient, and ecologically valuable.

Click here to view the Landscaping for Shorelines presentation on Youtube

Last updated October 16, 2020