Cayuga Lake Watershed Management Plan

Technical Committee

Meeting Minutes

July 12, 2000

10:00 am - 12 noon

Seneca County Soil & Water Conservation District

12 North Park Street

Seneca Falls, New York 13148

Next Meeting: August 23, 2000, 10:00 am,

Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility

Present: Marion Balyszak (Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association), Jim Malyj (Seneca County SWCD), George Kennedy (Town of Ulysses), Tom Vawter (Wells College), Jose Lozano (City of Ithaca), Linda Wagenet (Cornell Center for the Environment), Daniel Winch (Tompkins County), Kate Hackett (Tompkins County Planning Department), Stephen Lewandowski (Cayuga Lake Watershed Steward), John Terninko, David Zorn (Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council).

  1. Member Project Updates
  2. Ag Committee: The next Cayuga Lake Watershed Management Plan Ag Committee Meeting is July 19, 2000 at 10:00 at the Tompkins County CCE. They will be covering Characterization review, the agricultural portion of the watershed management plan, and a ti metable for future meetings.

    Watershed Steward (Stephen Lewandowski): Concentration on getting municipal involvement and education/public participation in the process.

    Tompkins County (Kate Hackett/Dan Winch): The Tompkins County WRC has been reorganized by stakeholder interests, county recently held a stormwater regulation seminar, county is doing a stream centerline GIS coverage with attached databases, trying to put together a library/inventory of water resources information, recently completed an aquifer study of Tompkins County.

    Cornell Center for the Environment (Linda Wagenet): Looking at ways of connecting Cornell University with Watershed Management Plan, considering the development of a Finger Lakes Institute for research and outreach, proposal to Packard Foundation for data collection and dissemination.

    City of Ithaca (Jose Lozano): Six Mile Creek partnership looking at fluvial geomorphologic principles and monitoring, trying to tie all academic institutions into watershed, working on Cayuga Lake Watershed Network coordination.

    Wells College (Tom Vawter): Developing a bioassessment project for north end tribs - Paynes, Yawger, Great Gully, Salmon.

    Ulysses (George Kennedy): interest in stream studies and toxic dump sites in south end of the watershed.

    Seneca SWCD (Jim Malyj): Working on watershed Streambank & Roadbank Inventory Project.

    Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (Marion Balyszak): Seneca Lake Watershed Management Plan project, Seneca Lake State of the Lake report, just finished doing presentations to 40 municipalities in the Seneca Lake Watershed.

    Cayuga Lake Watershed Roadbank & Streambank Inventory (David Zorn): Field work is now complete in Seneca, Schuyler and Cortland Counties and approximately 50% complete in Tompkins and Cayuga Counties. GIS and database work is being done as the f ield work is done.

  3. Interim Recommendations: The rankings for the 11 interim recommendations project took place at the last Technical Committee Meeting. The IO approved the recommendations with the understanding that a letter of support for each project will be accompa nied by the ranking of all projects.
  4. Issues Prioritization: David Zorn handed out the results to this point of the IO issues prioritization. Dan Winch suggested that results not be released until all those that are going to go through the process are done.
  5. On-Site Septic Systems: The Technical Committee discussed the on-site septic system issue as it relates to the management plan and suggested the following: any recommendation in the management plan should talk about standardization; a legal councel s hould be questioned as to the right of any official to take measurements on private property without the owners consent; consider the formation of a watershed commision of purveyors (business or municipality) under NYS Health Law which would mean the pro mulgation of watershed rules and regulations that could deal with the installation and maintenance of septic; the municipalities and/or IO would have to agree on an interpretation of the NYS Public Health Law; Cayuga County officials that are familar wit h the process could do presentations to other county WQCCs; consider the work that Lyle Raymond has done; organize a symposium that could synthesize models to IO members and average citizens and produce easy to understand proceeds of the symposium; educa tion is key - IO, municipal officials, property owners - 1) what is a septic system, what is meant by pump out, what is a septic system test, what is the health law, how should a septic system be maintained, 2) regulatory and nonregulatory options for se ptic system compliance; use a survey; use Lakefest to get the word out on septic systems; each municipality send out a mailer - septic system education and maintanence.
  6. Next Meeting =96 August 23, 2000, 10:00 am. Ithaca Area Waste Water Facility

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