Lake and Watershed Management Plans

The best reference for this material is Diet for a Small Lake, but this page can also guide you to other information about lake management planning in NYS.

Information about the water quality of many NYS waterbodies can also be found on the NYS DEC website at:  http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8459.html

 Most lake associations become interested in lake and watershed management when a perceived problem occurs on their lake.  Nuisance aquatic weeds, algae growth, or turbidity often spur action on the local level.  Some lakes can become impaired for their designated use as a public water supply or recreational (contact) waterbody.  Many of them have been designated by the NYS DEC as part of the 303(d) Impaired Waterbody List.  Many lakes on this list have been determined to have nutrient levels that lead to undesirable water quality.  The nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus are the primary contributers to excessive weed and algae growth in lakes. The goal of most lake managemen programs is to reduce the amount of nutrients entering a lake.

In 2012, NYSFOLA partnered with the SUNY Oneonta Graduate Program in Lake Management to provide a mechanism for member lake associations to have management plans prepared by graduate students in the program.  NYSFOLA provides funding to the Oneonta Foundation in order to support the work on selected NYSFOLA member lakes.  

 The United States Environmental Protection Agency has prepared a Introduction to Watershed Planning module.  They recommend a 9 Element Plan.  https://cfpub.epa.gov/watertrain/pdf/modules/Introduction_to_Watershed_Planning.pdf.  They also have a "Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore our Waters":  https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/2008_04_18_nps_watershed_handbook_handbook-2.pdf.  There is also a "Quick Guide" version of the document:  https://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyNET.exe/P100NLA0.txt?ZyActionD=ZyDocument&Client=EPA&Index=2011%20Thru%202015&Docs=&Query=&Time=&EndTime=&SearchMethod=1&TocRestrict=n&Toc=&TocEntry=&QField=&QFieldYear=&QFieldMonth=&QFieldDay=&UseQField=&IntQFieldOp=0&ExtQFieldOp=0&XmlQuery=&File=D%3A%5CZYFILES%5CINDEX%20DATA%5C11THRU15%5CTXT%5C00000017%5CP100NLA0.txt&User=ANONYMOUS&Password=anonymous&SortMethod=h%7C-&MaximumDocuments=1&FuzzyDegree=0&ImageQuality=r75g8/r75g8/x150y150g16/i425&Display=hpfr&DefSeekPage=x&SearchBack=ZyActionL&Back=ZyActionS&BackDesc=Results%20page&MaximumPages=1&ZyEntry=1

 

There are many good examples of lake management plans in New York State.  Here links to some examples:

Augur Lake Management Plan - 2005 Augur Lake Management Plan

Ballston Lake Watershed Protection and Management Plan http://www.cdrpc.org/Reports/Ballston_Lake_Watershed_Study.pdf

Brant Lake Watershed Assessment http://www.warrenswcd.org/reports/brantlake.pdf

Brant Lake Management Plan Cover

Brant Lake Management Plan (SUNY Oneonta)  http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/biofld/PUBS/OP/OP-53-Reyes-BrantLake.pdf

Canadarago Lake Watershed Protection Plan (2014, SUNY Oneonta) - http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/biofld/PUBS/OP/OP%2048A%20Canadarago%20Protection%20Plan.pdf

Cazenovia Lake Management Plan http://townofcazenovia.org/content/Generic/View/28:field=documents;/content/Documents/File/419.pdf

Cayuga Lake Watershed Management Plan http://www.cnyrpdb.org/programs/env/misc/cayuga-ws.asp

Cazenovia Lake Management Plan (SUNY Oneonta) http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/biofld/PUBS/OP/OP-50-Cazenovia-Kopec.pdf

Chateaugay Lakes Watershed Management Plan http://chateaugaylake.mylaketown.com/uploads/tinymce/chateaugaylake/Chateaugay%20Lakes%20Management%20Plan.pdf

Conesus Lake Watershed Management Plan http://www.co.livingston.state.ny.us/plan_lake-plan.htm

Grass Lake Management Plan - SUNY Oneonta - 2014 - https://www.oneonta.edu/academics/biofld/PUBS/OP/OP-49-GrassLake-Zaengle.pdf

Hatch and Bradley Brook Reservoirs Management Plan (SUNY Oneonta)- http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/biofld/PUBS/OP/OP%2047%20Luce%20Hatch%20and%20Bradley%20Brook.pdf

Honeoye Lake Management Plan http://www.co.ontario.ny.us/DocumentCenter/View/1275

Melody Lake Management Plan http://www.stny.info/melodylake/plan/plan.html

Oneida Lake Management Plan http://www.cnyrpdb.org/oneidalake/

Lake Oscawana Lake Management Plan http://www.putnamvalley.com/documents/Lake_Oscawana_Management_Plan_Aug08_FINAL.pdf

Otsego Lake Watershed Management Plan http://otsegolakeassociation.org/Documents/Watershed%20Management%20Plan%202007.pdf

Panther Lake Management Plan (SUNY Oneonta) http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/biofld/PUBS/OP/OP%2046%20Johnson%20Panther%20Lake.pdf

 

Schroon Lake Watershed Management Plan http://www.warrenswcd.org/reports/schroon.pdf

 

 

 

 

Lake News SEP 5th

23rd Western Regional Conference October 21, 2917

Join us on Silver Lake in Wyoming County.  The gathering includes a buffet style lunch and great talks.  We will have online registration starting in early September so stay tuned to our website and facebook page.  For more information, please contact Donald Cook - decook007@rochester.rr.com. The deadline for registration will be Oct 12th, 2017.

Program:

1. Panel Discussion - Faculty and staff  from SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Brockport, the University of  Buffalo, and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) will discuss ways that lake associations can use college programs and expertise  more effectively.

2. Dr. Joseph Atkinson, Chair , Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Buffalo will talk about ongoing research on harmful algal blooms in Sodus Bay, Lake Ontario.

3. Doug Conroe, Chautauqua Lake Association, talks about collaborative efforts with academic institutions..

4. Meg Wilkinson, Invasive Species Database Program Coordinator, NY Natural Heritage Program, shows how to use the IMAP Invasive System smartphone app. Assisting her in the “show and tell “ program will be students from  the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and the RIT. 

 

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