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

New Content!

7 Actions for Better Water Quality: A Resident's Guide

Click the link to access digital version: 7_steps_brochure.pdf

This guide was created to help residents take action on their properties, in their homes, and in their community that will benefit water quality, improve the environment, and even help save you money!*

This guide was created to help residents take action and was created based on potential impact of action, achievability, available support programs in the watershed and the NYS DEC HAB Action Plan for Skaneateles Lake.

There are agencies and professionals in the Skaneateles Watershed to support you and help connect you to the resources to take action. See guide for details.

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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Flooded Septic

These suggestions from the Environmental Protection Agency concern how to handle your septic system after a flood.

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Water Quality

Find consumer information about drinking water, home water treatment, wells, septic systems, bottled water, and other water quality issues here.

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Pond weeds

Aquatic Weeds & Algae

Decisions about aquatic weeds have consequences for swimming, fishing, and environmental quality. We recommend a step-by-step approach to weed management.

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Protect Our Waters

The NY Master Watershed Steward program empowers watershed professionals and volunteers to be leaders in their communities and to promote healthy watersheds. Learn how you can be involved, here.

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Contact

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

Last updated October 29, 2018