Cazenovia Lake Association hears update on lake health and boater safety

— More than 50 members of the Cazenovia Lake Association turned out last week to hear an update on the health of Cazenovia Lake at the association’s annual meeting, including information on current lake health studies, invasive species issues, storm runoff retention programs, boater safety and the preliminary plan for chemical treatments of the lake in 2014.

“The format for tonight is straightforward — it’s just a discussion,” said CLA President Bob Greiner at the start of the 56th annual CLA meeting on Aug. 19. “The topic is lake health. This year we also turned a lot of attention and finances to boater safety.”

Town Councilor Liz Moran — who is also a CLA board member and a water quality specialist who runs an environmental consulting firm — began with a presentation about the health of Cazenovia Lake.

She said that while phosphorous is a naturally occurring element in water bodies, Cazenovia Lake seems to contain high levels, which may also be contributing to the recent blue-green algae blooms confirmed in the lake by the state department of environmental conservation. Because of this, the town is about to embark on a phosphorous study of the lake in conjunction with SUNY ESF, which will assign two graduate students to do the work.

Moran said the town is also taking a unique approach by “looking underground” at springs and wells to see how much phosphorous may be entering the lake from those sources as well. The town will soon ask willing lakefront residents to volunteer to have a monitor on their property to be used by the graduate students to draw water and study the phosphorous amounts during the two-year study.

“We’re hoping t get a good representation from around the lake on this to draw some good inferences from it,” she said.

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