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Lake Management


Invasive Species are one of many issues threatening our lakes today. There are several organizations and agencies to assist with identification and control. The following are helpful sources:

Harmful Algal Blooms are becoming a dominant feature in many NY Lakes.

  • To learn more about proper identification and notification go to the NYS DEC Website
  • Click on the link to Read  My Poor Little Lake by Scott Kishbaugh and Karen Stainbrook, a great article from the New York State Conservationist, April 2014, about Chauttauqua Lake and harmful algal blooms.

Lake Management Planning

As beneficiaries of the National Fish and Wildlife Fund $50,000 Chesapeake Bay Technical Capacity Grant, in collaboration with Syracuse University’s Environmental Finance Center (EFC-SU), Princeton Hydro and Cortland County Soil & Water, we examined potential harmful stormwater  impacts on our kettle lakes and positive remediation for each concern found during lake research.  We hosted two information sessions in Homer and Tully in November sharing the findings for each lake and possible action steps to address these concerns. An example of one solution shared among several lakes was increasing riparian growth along shorelines to decrease erosion and stream run-off. A link to each of these projects is available here:

Other resources include:

Cortland‐Onondaga Federation of Kettle Lake Associations Best Management Plan Framework (pdf)

Hydrogeology of the Tully Lakes Area in Southern Onondaga and Northern Cortland Counties, New York  by the U.S. Geological Survey


NYSFOLA and NYS DEC have collaborated on producing the definitive guide for creating a small lake management plan. Buy your copy on Amazon.com or download the order form.