The Otisco Lake Preservation Association held its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 4 at the Amber Inn. Discussion surrounded the increased vegetation in the lake and surrounding watershed areas, caused by runoff into the lake.
The group is working with the community primarily to promote awareness of watershed health, and to educate lake-area residents how to minimize nutrient runoff promoting weed growth in the lake and its undesirable effects including the effect on drinking water.
The lake is a primary source for water for parts of western Onondaga County.
In support of this education, three polling locations within the area of Otisco Lake offered free, no phosphate fertilizer available during voting hours. Some remaining bags are still available at the Otisco Lake Marina.
The fertilizer was made possible through a partnership of Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Environmental Health Council, the Otisco Lake Preservation Association, and the Onondaga Lake Partnership.
The basic idea is to promote education of soil content and health. Cornell Cooperative Extension is encouraging use of its $15 soil testing kit. You can take advantage of this by visiting cce.cornell.edu/onondaga or calling 424-9485 ext. 0. Reach the CCE by mail at CCE - Onondaga, 220 Harold Place - 2nd floor, Syracuse, NY 13202.
With this increased knowledge the group is hoping for improved fertilization techniques around Otisco Lake and ultimately to improve the health of the lake watershed.
Visit the OLPA Web site at otiscolakepreservation.com for more information about the group and its mission.