22, 2000 Minutes
meeting was called to order at 10:15 am by Craig Schutt.
Mission Statement –
and suggestions were taken from the committee on the draft mission statement.
The mission statement will be considered a draft until the committee is
actually formed, with farmers and other members, so they can comment on the
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
paragraph down, should read, “ Janice noted how the Skaneateles Lake
Watershed Program was based on the New York City Watershed Program and that
only producers were members.
Zorn discussed the surveys that were sent out in the Seneca Lake Watershed.
did not have a high return rate.
I. mentioned that Cayuga County did approximately 50 Tier I & II surveys
which covered about 1/3 of the watershed in that county.
mentioned that Tompkins County did surveys in Fall Creek, Salmon Creek and
6-Mile Creek. Tompkins will have them all done and Cayuga has a few more to do.
and Membership of the Committee
said that Seneca County will be more involved in the future. They have a new
person to start soon. There was a discussion on the number of members. One of
the member slots would share parts of both Tompkins and Cayuga counties. Dave
feels the vineyard operations in Seneca County will be a big part of
representation. Vineyards are important economically and agriculturally with
respect to commerce and tourism. There was a short discussion on the number of
vineyards in Cayuga County who might be represented on the committee. Amanda
feels the county should choose who is best suited to represent that county,
such as vineyard, dairy farming, beef cash crop, etc. It was also suggested
that possibly Bolton Point Water Company be represented on the committee. John
F. suggested a member from USGS. Elaine D.’s concern is that the
watershed is mostly in agriculture.
commented on the way the Skaneateles program appoints members. Members are
appointed by the county and the county reviews decisions made by that member on
the committee. Craig S. will be attending the Ag. & Farmland Protection
Board and the Farm Bureau meetings. He will obtain a list of members from
these committees for possible representation on the Cayuga Lake Watershed Ag.
Committee. Craig also mentioned that each county may possibly be responsible
for recruiting their own members. John F. feels the person chosen to represent
a county, should represent all the agricultural interests in that county.
Linda feels the best way to begin is to identify the producers from each county
that will be on the committee.
discussion will be tabled until some farmers can be present at a future meeting.
mentioned that some other groups that are involved in the watershed are an
educational committee, and a technical committee. She also noted that a large
percentage of the watershed is agricultural. Bob I. mentioned that there are
various other uses in the watershed other than ag.
Z. feels that within the Cayuga Lake Watershed there are many other committees
that we can work with cooperatively.
mentioned that this committee has been voted by the Intermunicipal Organization
and the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network as the official agricultural committee in
Z. has seen that in some watershed organizations, agricultural interests have
not been well represented. Ag. must be represented in the Cayuga Lake
Watershed. This is the committee that will have input and review of
agricultural information that will be contained in the Lake Management Plan.
feels it is very important for the agricultural community to be involved in
this committee. She also feels that data needs to be obtained from areas other
Z. thinks that several existing programs (for example, EQIP, AEM) can be tied
together to reach an end result. This committee should utilize a grass roots
questioned if there was any funding available to this committee for a
coordinator position. This person could be responsible for writing reports,
attending other meetings, and relaying information. This person’s role
would be to coordinate all efforts, ag. & non-ag., and work with the Cayuga
Lake Watershed Network and the Intermunicipal Organization. Sylvia mentioned
that the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network has the money to hire a coordinator for
the first year.
Z. restated that the purpose of this committee is to: 1) increase and maintain
the viability of farming and 2) improve water quality. We also need to review
the draft State of the Lake Report so that we can provide comment and input to
the agriculture section.
I. still questions the purpose of this committee. We must review the
characterization of the watershed. The plan must state how issues will be
dealt with realistically and economically.
questions who to invite to the next meeting. We will invite the numbers listed
in the February 2, 2000 minutes, except for the one member that will share both
Tompkins and Cayuga counties. We need to have copies of the plan for the
farmers, plus summarize the ag. sections. Dave Z. will do this. Someone is
also needed to run the meetings, take notes, etc., from the first meeting.
Craig may do this or possibly the future staff person from the Cayuga Lake
Watershed Network. Amanda asks if we want all the agency people at the first
meeting. Bob I. thinks too many agency people may slant discussions. John F.
states that the charge to the committee needs to be specific.
time should probably be mid-day, next month. In the future we may want to have
the meetings on some of the committee members’ farms. The meeting
schedule will need to be determined at the first meeting. Some items to cover
at this first meeting will be:
the watershed and its boundaries.
the characterization report.
if it is accurate.
Z. wants to have a draft watershed plan done by the end of the year. An
approved plan allows for funding to be allotted to the watershed and have
projects that can be implemented prioritized for funding.
next meeting of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Agricultural Committee will be held
on Wednesday, March 22, 2000 from 10:00 – noon, at the Ledyard Town Hall
in Cayuga County off of Poplar Ridge Road. Lunch will be provided.
meeting adjourned at noon.
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