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 (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 MAR 12th
Regional HAB Summits Set
Harmful Algal Bloom Summit Information
North Country HAB Summit
Tuesday, March 20 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Best Western Ticonderoga
260 Burgoyne Road
Ticonderoga, NY 12883
Western New York
Monday, March 26 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, SUNY Monroe Community College, the Forum
1000 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, New York 14623
Free parking in campus lots N and M
At these summits, nation-leading experts will work with local steering committees to begin development of tailored action plans to address the causes of algal blooms in the twelve priority waterbodies across the state. The action plans developed for each waterbody will be used to guide the development and implementation of priority projects, including new monitoring and treatment technologies. The action plans will be complete by the end of May and the lessons learned through these action plans will be applied to other impacted waterbodies.
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