FIRST MEETING
Cayuga Lake Watershed Management Plan
Intermunicipal Organization
First Meeting, 10/20/98 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Cayuga Nature Center, Ithaca

Minutes

Attendees: See attached sign-in sheet.

Welcoming Remarks, Meeting Purpose and Outcome: Attendees were welcomed to the 1st meeting of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Management Plan Intermunicipal Organization and thanked for coming. The Intermunicipal Organization (IO) is critical to the planning process as the plan needs to be locally determined and accepted to be successfully implemented. A watershed plan will help protect and enhance the health and well-being of the watershed. All 43 municipalities in the watershed are being asked to participate on the IO, and will comprise the majority of it. Other key stakeholders in the watershed such as county water quality coordinating committees (WQCCs), agriculture, academic institutions, sportsmen, legislators, and tourism and economic development interests are also being asked to participate on the IO.

This watershed planning project is a three-year effort, for which NYS Department of State (DOS) Division of Coastal Resources has so far committed funding for 50% of 1st and 2nd year project costs through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. The Town of Ledyard is the municipal sponsor for the NYS DOS grant and is to be commended for being willing to take the lead and get this watershed planning process underway. NYS DOS stressed the importance of true local involvement and buy-in. NYS DOS supports the effort and recognizes the large size of the watershed and the challenges that will bring. The significance of having an approved watershed management plan is for accessing water quality protection funds, in particular the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act, which sets aside $25 million for the Finger Lakes.

The meeting purpose is: To familiarize everyone with the watershed management planning process, the Cayuga Lake Watershed Management Plan’s major components under the NYS DOS contract and their status, the staffing to the project, and the value and need of the project; to answer questions and facilitate dialogue about the project and IO; and to set up the next IO meeting. The desired outcome for the meeting is that participants better understand the project, its need and value; and that the next meeting is planned.

Introductions: Introductions were made of all attendees.

Cayuga Lake Watershed Management Planning Project: Overheads, also provided as handouts, were shown summarizing: 1) The Watershed Management Planning Process; 2) Major Components of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Management Planning Process as pertains to the NYS DOS/Town of Ledyard contract; 3) Current Staffing for the project. The status of the DOS contract components were summarized.

Cayuga Lake Watershed Management Plan Slide Show: The slide show presentation:

  1. Defined "What is a watershed?" (all the land – above or below ground – draining to a common point such as a lake or river);
  2. Identified project strengths (uses a watershed approach; funding is available for plan development and implementation – implementation being purpose of plan development; it’s a grassroots/multi-county effort; there are models to follow; there’s not a crisis situation for water quality so it’s a proactive effort);
  3. Identified strengths that the project is building upon (existing and past projects and research, county WQCC efforts, municipal and citizen stewardship activities, and the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network);
  4. Discussed the relationship of the management plan project to the Network (the relationship is still evolving but is viewed as a partnership – the Network supports the planning process and will work with it in terms of communication, coordination and information dissemination which is the critical foundation for both efforts);
  5. Defined funding sources available and/or being pursued for the planning effort (NYS DOS, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), NYS Planning Grants);
  6. Identified key benefits of a watershed plan (communication; coordination; identification of pollution problems and solutions to them – implementation activities; protection of citizen health; protection of the economy);
  7. Identified the community value/benefits of a plan in terms of health (e.g., drinking water); economy (e.g., property values, industrial and commercial location, agriculture, tourism/recreation); and tourism/recreation (e.g., fishing, boating, winery tours, swimming);
  8. Identified what the plan will focus on (local concerns – e.g., septic systems, aquatic vegetation, zebra mussels, streambank and roadbank erosion);
  9. Defined the minimum role of the IO (project oversight and watershed-wide coordination) – but that the IO must define itself and its role in plan development and implementation.

Question/Answer and Discussion: Discussion points included:


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Contact the Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization.
Call 315-364-5707 or email info@cayugawatershed.org

CLW IO 2000


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Contact the Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization.
Call 315-364-5707 or email info@cayugawatershed.org

CLW IO 2000