Committee of the
Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization
28, 2001 at Interlaken
Jose Lozano, Deb Grantham, Linda Wagenet, Jim Malyj, George Kennedy, Bill
Kappell, Kate Hackett, Cliff Callinan, Craig Schutt, Liz Moran, Sharon Anderson
Vawter unanimously elected as chair. George Kennedy will continue to serve as
the Technical Committee's representative to the Executive Committee.
Callinan reported on his recently completed study over 5 years. Available on
the web as:
data was compared with earlier data from Lakes of NYS, vol I, a collaborative
effort of academicians to see how things have changed. Present data consisted
of a single sample site at each of the 11 Finger Lakes starting 1996. Time of
year sampling started varied. 2 components: – basic liminolgical
is sediment core. Cayuga Lake sediment bore did not give good data. Core taken
between Myers and Taughannock. Recommendation is to do a follow up core. Might
Hobart Williams Smith's vessel be available? Other cores have been taken
in the past but they looked at different parameters.
study was done off Taughannock Point and the south end. Deep lake has improved
over time, e.g. a substantial drop in total phosphorus and some reduction in
sodium and chloride levels. The south lake was looked at because of use
impairments at south lake including THM concerns for water supply, lead and
aesthetic concerns, closure of swimming beach. Historical data at the south
lake is lacking.
hopes to do a regional presentation and would invite the Technical Committee.
Recommendations (in reverse order):
developed to address impairments
loading study at south basin
balance model - what happens to loading, are they mobilized with
re-suspension, do they sit there on the bottom?
efforts and increase efficiency
Plan for the coming year: Deb reviewed guidelines she received from Kevin
Millington about the Great Lakes Coastal Watershed. Deadline is Jan 31, 2002.
This will be the last year of Bond Act Funding. Currently no EPF funds
would appreciate feedback on the DOS proposal she submitted, especially the
budget and the break down of local match and grant dollars to do road bank and
stream bank work. Jose will get USDA guidelines to Deb.
committee needs to define its role now. One suggestion if to review the RPP,
pull out items for the Tech. Committee, prioritize and distribute to the rest
of the committee to review.
Comments. The committee would like to see the public comments and the
responses. They would like to review the responses before they are released to
the public via the Web site. Sharon will forward them to the committee.
has received comments about noise and personal water crafts. These and other
comments should be sent to the Technical Committee.
spreading of septage from septic tanks. Sanitary codes in all the watershed
counties accept Cayuga preclude this. Position taken by the Technical Committee
should be based on Cayuga Lake impairments listed in the Characterization.
More information needed such as: What parameters does the health dept look at
– do they look at phosphorus, nitrogen and pathogen movement/loading. Liz
Moran will follow up.
requested more detailed information in order to answer questions on why and how
sediment was chosen as the number one priority so that a consistent and
accurate message is delivered. The other question that arises is whether the
expenditure of fund to reduce road and stream bank erosion justified given the
geology in the south lake.
Tech Committee agreed to come up with a page that says this is how sediment as
the highest priority was arrived at, this is where justifying data is in the
Characterization, etc. The EPPOC will then turn that information into slides
to add to the presentation and fact sheets. All committee members are requested
are to get their separate ideas to Sharon and Tom. Sharon will collect them for
discussion at the next Technical Committee meeting.
Zorn is encouraging people to look at and use the wetland management tools on
the Genesse/Fingerlakes web site.
Center Initiative. Bob Brower is interested in coordination of tools and
resources, such as his imaging tools. He is interested in a needs assessment
for the watershed. A fly over of the watershed targeting land use might be
useful. The Technical Committee needs to determine what data is needed in this
watershed and for what purpose. Once have the data needs can determine if
remote sensing an appropriate tool. Refer back to the Characterization for
data needs. He is organizing a series of regional workshops to explain what he
has to offer.
to Brower using Cayuga Lake as a model watershed to look at concerns the lakes
have in common. Would he tailor a workshop to the Finger Lakes –
nutrients and sediments, as examples – to help stakeholders there
articulate their data needs? His charge is to use the technology – NASA
products to the local level.
called before the meeting to express his interest in the IO/Network serving as
a stakeholder group to help him refine a prototype project he is working on.
Sharon requested his assistance with updating the watershed map to include the
Seneca Cayuga Canal. Dave Morehouse also called prior to the meeting to
express to the committee the need to include the Seneca Cayuga Canal in the RPP
and the addition of lake level.
inviting him to attend a technical committee meeting or asking for a tour of
his lab to discuss what he can do and what our needs are. More information on
what is he using the tools for now and how does he envision it being used would
be helpful. Jose will draft a letter.
spill in Cayuga County is moving towards Cayuga Lake. DEC and EPA have been
working on. USGS suggestions characterizing from Auburn to Union Springs. The
IO could give support towards the USGS involvement. Presentation to the IO on
the issue by the Cayuga County Health Department, EPA Bill Kappell at the Jan
23 IO meeting.
meeting date: suggested for week of Jan 9, 4-6 at Wells College,
on Tom's availability. George will follow up with Tom. One of them will
send out an announcement with the exact date. The following meeting to be in
March for a longer time if needed.
agenda items for upcoming meetings:
mission of the TAC
the TAC helps further the RPP (work plan for 2002)
data gaps need to be filled ... and how.
March meeting (set for longer time)
of RPP public comments and replies
needs and possible collaboration with RACNE
concerns of Cayuga County EMC
Cayuga Canal: adding to the watershed map, Characterization, RPP
and 2-stroke engines
by Sharon Anderson
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