The year in review and a look ahead

The goal is to allow the Green & Shannon team to develop the site in a way that expands the tax base and optimizes the use of this important parcel.

Finally, the condition of Cazenovia Lake has been a significant focus of the town's efforts. In June, the town, village and Lake Association agreed to form the intermunicipal Cazenovia Lake Watershed Council to serve as a forum for integrated actions in lake protection and restoration.

The Summit convened by the Lake Association allowed experts to review alternatives for controlling the growth of water milfoil, the weed that has tipped the lake's ecology out of balance. The consensus is that a chemical treatment program using Triclopyr, trade name Renovate, is a potentially cost-effective alternative.

The town and village will apply for a permit for chemical treatment. The Lake Association will lead the fund-raising effort.

The town has introduced a local law banning the use of phosphorus-containing fertilizers within the lake watershed. This requirement, coupled with the septic inspection efforts and storm water controls, will help reduce the amount of nutrients and sediment entering the lake.

Elizabeth C. Moran is supervisor of the town of Cazenovia. She can be reached at 655-9213.

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