Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization
of Interlaken Baptist Church
April 24th, 2002
Grantham, Town of Dryden
Hurlbut, Town of Ledyard
B. Stewart, Town of Interlaken
M. Winch, Tompkins County
M. Sipos, Town of Varick and Covert
Howell, Town of Scipio
Leopold, Village of Lansing
Kennedy, Town of Ulysses
Lozano, City of Ithaca (visitor)
meeting was called to order at 7:07 PM at the Town of Interlaken Baptist Church.
month's minutes and current IO financial statement was reviewed. Motion by
Sylvia Hurlbut, seconded by Lynn Leopold to approve March meeting minutes.
Sylvia sent out vouchers to towns.
Cornell faculty and students want to get more involved with the community. Max
Pfeiffer is interested in having students become involved with an IO project.
Possible projects for students could be identification of erosion along streams
and potential areas for wetland restoration.
Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act:
IO could buy a wetland and build a boardwalk for guided tours on the importance
of wetlands. Deb attended a "Coping With Your Stream" workshop in Caroline
where she talked to Jim Curatola. Jim works on erosion control and wetland
reconstruction in the Upper Susquehanna River and is willing to lead guided
tours. Lynn Leopold suggested the Hog Hole area as people have expressed the
need for a low impact interpretive walk along the edge of Cass Park. The Land
Trust could also be know of other wetland areas we can look into.
Jose Lozano reported on several grant possibilities for the IO and the Network:
Jose recently wrote a grant proposal to the EPA, Region 2, requesting $50,000
for one year to determine Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for sediments and
phosphorous in the Northern end of Cayuga Lake (including Yawger Creek and up).
Depending on the target use of the area, the optimum level of TMDLs based on a
NSF guideline on TMDLs, which the EPS is supposed to follow. This would be a
joint Network and IO project.
Discussion on the draft 303(d) listing of the southern end of Cayuga Lake: IO
members were divided on whether a 303(d) listing was a positive action for the
sake of the watershed (will it bring in more funding and generate data?) or a
top-down action that will nullify local action. Deb Grantham was asked to
review the various positions submitted to her and to submit comments to the NYS
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on behalf of the IO.
Jose also mentioned the RACNE - competitive edge Watershed Indicators Proposal
(due in a month). RACNE would help with imagery to estimate chlorophyll
concentrations. Syracuse is doing something similar. This would be another
joint Network and IO project.
Jose suggested the Surdna Foundation (
) as a possible funding
organization. The average award through this organization is $100,000. The IO
could emphasize the IO's partnership with the Network, implementation of the
RPP, and IO's grassroots status.
Possible grant writers for the IO:
Liz Moran would be interested in helping write the grant proposals. The IO
voted unanimously on contracting with Liz for this job.
Chris Nill- North East Rural Community Assistance Program (NE RCAA), based in
Manchester, will write grants for free.
Education Committee (EPPOC):
Harjes gave an update of what EPPOC is currently working on.
Water Week Display: on Friday, May 10th in the Ithaca Commons and on Saturday,
May 11th at the Ithaca Farmer's Market, the IO will have a poster presentation
describing the IO, its partners and the RPP.
Jerry Codner invited Lora Hine, Education and Outreach Coordinator of his
Physics Lab at Cornell, to attend the last EPPOC meeting on April 16th, 2002.
She is very interested in help with the project and said she would look out for
funding opportunities. She also contacted the Education Coordinator of the Lake
George Association who sent her very useful information (such as operating
costs and class curricula) about their outreach programs including the floating
classroom. Karin will contact the Lake George Association to organize a visit.
The first Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that we will record will cover
proper handling of household chemicals, such as waste disposal and motor oil
change, written by Lynn Leopold. PSAs will be recorded as MP3 files at Eagle
Broadcasting and then emailed to other stations around the watershed.
Another idea that the EPPOC is considering to do in the future is to run ads at
Hoyts Cinemas, which costs roughly $3,000/year or $50/ad. Solid Waste has done
this in the past with recycling ads, which helped them reach a larger audience.
Howell reported that the next meeting of the Agriculture Committee is on June
Grant options were discussed with Sharon Anderson who has a grant proposal
submitted for Lake Source Cooling education. Monika Roth from Cornell
Cooperative Extension offered to get a work study student from Cornell to
collect data from counties on what agriculture related research is currently
The Agriculture Committee is working on developing Emergency Action Plans such
as containment of pond spillage and making maps of stored chemicals for firemen.
Once a year the Committee will notify the public of chemicals that have gone
The Agriculture Committee will also focus on County conservation tillage
surveys and on riparian buffers.
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC):
Lozano reported for TAC, which will meet every other month and stay active in
between meetings by email.
Jet Skies: 90% of all boat and jet ski engines produced are 2 stroke which is
an old and inefficient design but very popular because they are cheap. 75% of
the fuel is burned while the remaining 25% is discharged directly into the
water. It is estimated that 75,000 gallons of fuel are discharged every season
(into Cayuga Lake or into Lakes nationwide?). It would be very difficult to ban
2 stroke engines from Cayuga Lake although this has been done in some lakes
such as Lake Tahoe. However, TAC wants to massively publicize this information!
Tompkins County Watershed Council will receive this information. It is
estimated that in 2006-2008 a National Standard may be set where 2 stroke
engines will need to be 90-95% more efficient than today, however until that is
still in a few years. Lynn Leopold suggested to make "no enter" areas in the
Lake for all boats and jet skies in sensitive breeding areas or make areas
specific for Jet Ski use, like snow mobile trails in the winter.
TAC is finishing a short article explaining why sedimentation is the priority
watershed issue in the Cayuga Lake Watershed.
RACNE: TAC decided to participate even if Cayuga Lake is not the focus, if
RACNE helps TAC in the Watershed Indicators Project.
IO/Network Committee meeting
Deb talked with John Barney, an Ithaca lawyer, about joining the two
organizations using the Bolton Point Commission as a model. He didn't advise
this union for several legal reasons. The Network can't hire staff for the IO
but can contract for services. Regarding the 501(c)(3) status for grant writing
purposes, he said you can often apply as a municipality.
Bill Shaw met with Dave Watson, the lawyer Sue Seneca recommended, and he came
to the same conclusion, it is more complicated than expected to join the two
organizations. Dave didn't have examples of this type of an agreement and he
had only done this once, with a small group of municipalities.
The Joint Committee decided the IO and the Network will remain as they
currently are and the IO will continue to look for fund through the
municipalities. The two organizations agreed to work together and share
information in order to make cooperation more visible. Jose Lozano suggested he
will work on a Special Issue publication citing both organization's missions
Deb will invite a representative of the Tompkins County Vital Community
Initiative to the next IO Ithaca meeting. The mission of this organization is
to develop a comprehensive goal for Tompkins County planning guidelines for
each municipal plan. Each town would have different guidelines that could be
coordinated by each county.
Deb will also invite Dan Coogan who works with storm water regulations for the
City of Ithaca.
Jose Lozano distributed EPA's Phase II information.
John Sipos reported on an Ithaca Journal article published April 24th written
by Toxics Targeting, Walter Hang on radioactive material leaking into the South
end of Cayuga Lake. John advised we respond with letters to the editor without
disagreeing but saying that the IO and the Network are doing something to
protect the Lake as a way to promote our efforts.
adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
Meeting: May 12th, Seneca Town Hall
by Karin Harjes
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