"Water is the driving force of all nature." – Leonardo da Vinci

Schuyler County Water Quality Coordinating Committee

Schuyler County Water Quality Coordinating Committee

Schuyler County Water
"Seneca Lake," a painting by Tom Gardner

Water Quality Coordinating Committee

The purpose of the Water Quality Coordinating Committee is to:

Act as a forum for discussion of water quality concerns in Schuyler County. It provides an avenue of opportunity where specific water quality problems can be discussed and potential solutions found.   

Generate interest in and pursue funding to attack specific water quality problems in the county and educate the public about watershed management and its importance for maintaining high water quality in the future.

The committee, acting as an educational forum, reports only to itself on behalf of the water resources in Schuyler County.

Schuyler County Water Resource Strategy (2007)

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Schuyler County Water Quality Strategy for Highway Operations (2007)

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Multi-barrier Approach to Conservation (2021)

Schuyler County Soil & Water Conservation District
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Managing your Private Water Supply Related to Natural Gas Development in Schuyler County (2013)

Prepared by the WQCC
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Water Quality Sampling for Private Wells

Schuyler County Watershed Protection Agency
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Reporting Polluting Discharges in Schuyler County

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Lake and Watershed Information

Oswego River / Finger Lakes Watershed

Seneca-Keuka Watershed Nine Element Plan (2022)

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Seneca Lake Watershed Management Plan (2012)

Characterization and Subwatershed Evaluation
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A History and Status of Seneca Lake Water Quality (2020)

SLPWA webinar by John Halfman (YouTube)
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Water Quality of Seneca Lake, New York: A 2011 Update

John Halfman, Finger Lakes Institute
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2018 Finger Lakes Water Quality Report

Summary of historic Finger Lakes data (NYS DEC)
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Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association

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Seneca Watershed Intermunicipal Organization

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Cayuga Lake Watershed Network

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Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization

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Finger Lakes - Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance

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Chemung River Watershed

Lamoka-Waneta Lakes' Association

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Lamoka-Waneta Lakes Water Data Visualization

CSLAP Data 2022 Updates
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Lamoka-Waneta Lakes Water Data Visualization

2020 & 2021 monitoring data
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Chemung River Subbasin Year-1 Survey: A Water Quality and Biological Assessment, June-July 2012

Susquehanna River Basin Commission
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Meads Creek Watershed Strategic Action Plan (2007)

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Susquehanna River Watershed

Chesapeake Bay Program

Stories in Water Data: What the Sediment and Nutrient Assessent Program in the Susquehanna River Is Saying (2021)

Story map by Susquehanna River Basin Commission
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Upper Susquehanna Coalition

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Upper Susquehanna Conservation Alliance

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Susquehanna-Chemung Action Plan (2012)

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Additional Lake Information

Schuyler County Lake Monitoring Reports

Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) reports are based on volunteer sampling by Lamoka-Waneta Lakes Association and Seneca Lake Association members (search for the lake name on the NYSFOLA website)
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Homeowner's Guide to Lake-Friendly Living

Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association
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Small Lakes Mapping

A series of maps showing watershed boundaries, contours, and areas with steep slopes for small lakes in the region. These include Cayuta Lake and Lamoka-Waneta Lakes in Schuyler County.
STC Documents

Invasive Species Alert!

Invasive aquatic species threaten the health of Schuyler County’s lakes by crowding out native plants and changing the food web. In addition, pests that kill vegetation (such as ash and hemlock trees) and terrestrial invasive species can alter plant cover in ways that result in more pollutants washing into waterbodies. The Finger Lakes PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) works to reduce the introduction, spread, and impact of invasive species throughout our region.

Hydrilla is an aggressive aquatic weed that has been described as “one of the world’s worst aquatic invasive plants.” It was detected in the Cayuga Lake Inlet in Ithaca in 2011. The risk of hydrilla spreading to other waterbodies in the region is considered to be substantial.

In recent years harmful algal blooms (HABs) have become increasingly common. Although most algae are harmless, some species of algae produce toxins that can make people and animals sick.

Schuyler County Law to Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

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Hydrilla

Schuyler County Soil & Water Conservation District
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Hydrilla

Finger Lakes PRISM
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Eurasian Watermilfoil

Finger Lakes PRISM
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Water Chestnut

Finger Lakes PRISM
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Zebra Mussel

Finger Lakes PRISM
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Quagga Mussel

Finger Lakes PRISM
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Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

NYS DEC
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Additional Resources

Guidelines for Managing Debris in Streams and Rivers

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Flooding Problems? Small Solutions with Large Results

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Before Buying or Building: Flood Risk Identification

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Regional Water Quality

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Live in Harmony with Streams

STC Webpage

Stormwater Runoff

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Flood Resilience

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