Skaneateles Dock

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


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

Last updated July 13, 2020