2, 2000 Minutes
meeting was called to order at 10:20 am by Craig Schutt.
of the ideas discussed to formulate a solid mission / vision statement for this
maintain the economic viability of farming the Cayuga Lake Watershed
promote the wise use of the resource base in the watershed
possibly use the mission statement of the Seneca Lake Watershed Agricultural
Environmental Management Program as an example in formulating the Cayuga Lake
Watershed Agricultural Committee’s mission / vision statement. Elaine D.
passed out an example of the mission statement from the Seneca Lake Committee.
protect the viability of agriculture in the watershed since it is viewed as one
of the preferred uses of the land
enhance agriculture through sound environmental stewardship
protect agriculture through the implementation of BMPs
Committee agreed on the following draft mission / vision statement:
agriculture is recognized as a preferred land use in maintaining and protecting
water quality, the mission of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Agricultural Committee
will be to enhance agriculture through sound environmental stewardship and
provide guidance for an agricultural program within the Cayuga Lake
draft mission statement is open to comment from all committee members.
and Membership of the Committee
S. passed out a copy of the Constitution and Bylaws from the Skaneateles Lake
Watershed Agricultural Program. This Committee may gain some insight from this
example. Craig feels this Committee needs representation not only from dairy
farmers, but also from other agricultural interests, such as cash crops,
vineyards. This committee needs to decide what member representation is needed.
D. discussed how the Seneca Lake Watershed group decided on the selection of
member representatives. A survey was sent out to all farmers within the Seneca
Lake Watershed to identify their needs and concerns and various agricultural
statistics within the watershed.
felt this Committee, once established, might be divided into different
subcommittees representing different areas of the lake. The members selected
would be the key people on the Committee and those in attendance today would be
their advisory committee. He noted that the roles of the representatives on
the Committee would expand and evolve as the Cayuga Lake Management Plan is
written. Their roles need to be defined. It is important to get the farmers
I. noted that it is important to involve the agricultural community before the
lake management plan is written so committee members will be assured input.
Elaine D. noted some of the tools used by the Seneca Lake Ag. Committee in
selecting members. She distributed an agenda for a meeting of the Seneca Lake
Watershed Agricultural Program on Feb. 11, 2000.
B. questioned how this group will come together with the local working groups
in order to obtain funding.(ex., The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network.) Will
there be a liaison between the two groups?
S. mentioned that smaller watershed groups (tribs to Cayuga Lake) have been
forming and have applied for funding to implement projects. They are known as
local watershed committees, such as Fall Creek and Six Mile Creek. Some would
like to get their own citizen’s monitoring group started. He noted that
phosphorus will become a bigger issue in Cayuga Lake.
was some discussion on phosphorus sampling in Cayuga County using a rain
noted how the Skaneateles Lake Watershed Program was based on the New York City
Watershed Program and that farmers and others in agribusiness were members.
from the last meeting was reviewed. Land statistics printed in the Cayuga Lake
Watershed Network’s brochure were discussed. These ag. figures were
helpful in tentatively deciding how many members each county should have
representing ag. interests. Craig S.noted the importance of asking other
organizations for their suggestions on who might serve as member
representatives. Janice D. suggested a term for members and also not to
schedule too many meetings throughout the year.
draft decision of the Committee is as follows:
County should have 3 members
County should have 3 members
member that shares both the above-mentioned counties
County should have 2 members
County should have 1 member
County should have 1 member
membership emphasis should be on dairy farming and cash crops, but other types
of operations should be considered. Seneca County should look to include
someone from a vineyard operation.
members attending today’s meeting were in favor of the above decision.
draft is open to comment from other Committee members not in attendance today.
D. said that the farmers may want to provide input into the purpose and
function of this group.
said that there definitely should be someone at the Cayuga Lake Watershed Ag.
Committee meetings who is on the planning committee and involved with
developing the Cayuga Lake Management Plan.
S. and Craig S. suggested that Dave Zorn of the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional
Planning Council attend some of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Ag. Committee meetings.
I. noted an important point, that, if the Cayuga Lake Management Plan will
eventually be the basis for funding, and this Committee will have input into
the agricultural component of the plan, we need a person from the committee
actually writing the management plan, to tell us what information is required
from this Committee.
was agreed by the entire Committee present today, that this Committee still
needs to clarify its role before we approach the members of the agricultural
community requesting their membership on the Committee.
will be notified as to the date of the next meeting of the Cayuga Lake
Watershed Agricultural Committee. A date was not decided on today.
meeting adjourned at 12:05 pm.
Forgash, Tompkins County SWCD
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