This is the Official Website of the SILVER LAKE ASSOCIATION
Silver Lake Association Mission Statement:
The purpose of the Silver Lake Association shall be to protect and improve the environmental quality of Silver Lake and its watershed, and the quality of life around the lake (recreational, commercial, industrial, and social).
Events and News Around Silver Lake
If you happen to miss the SLA news in the Perry Central School newsletter the “Buzz”, our Water Quality team and School Biology students are working together!
Attention all SLA members and the SL Community,
Please take the time to read this. The SLA Water Quality Committee is hard at work doing things to help make our lake better. The SLA WQ team is making a difference and all of your support helps this get done. This is 1 of 2 planned projects. A post of the second will come at it’s completion. Thank you Frank B., Kelly P, Joe C., Ron N., and all other entities involved for your dedication to our lake.
For immediate Release, 10.24.17
Silver Lake Association Water Quality Committee
Contact, Frank Bright, 716-908-6607 or Kelly Paganelli, 585-624-7805
Water Quality Committee partners with Community Stakeholders
to Plant Riparian Buffers in Silver Lake Watershed
The Silver Lake Association’s Water Quality Committee has partnered with landowners, government entities, and environmental experts to make inroads on projects that will stem the influx of nutrients and sediment into the lake at critical tributaries.
On October 23, volunteers, municipal workers, and a private landowner planted nearly 200 shrubs and perennials along a narrow channel of a farm field. The site, identified by Wyoming Soil & Water as a potential problematic run-off location, will be planted with native plantings suggested by a professional arborist.
It is hoped that these plantings will form a critical riparian buffer, reducing water pollution by intercepting surface runoff and filtering sediment. According to research, riparian vegetation can remove up to 90% of unused nitrogen from croplands (https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/…/FSE_DOCUME…/nrcs144p2_043594.pdf). In addition, riparian buffers can provide some flood protection, slow water velocities, protect against erosion, and strengthen and stabilize stream banks. An increase in native habitats is an additional bonus.
A second project, hoped for November 2017, will once again find private landowners, SLA Water Quality volunteers, and Wyoming County Soil & Water joining forces to get work done to decrease the flow of sediment into the lake.
A new partnership with Perry Central High School will allow for further study of this project. Working with teacher Todd Shuskey and his students, the Water Quality Committee hopes to grow our base of knowledge while at the same time encouraging further stewardship in our community for the Lake we all enjoy.
These efforts are made possible because of the support of the SLA members, Silver Lake Golf Tournament proceeds, Wyoming County Soil & Water, private landowners, and numerous volunteers who allow us to partially fund these endeavors.
The Water Quality Committee continues to reach out to our elected leaders (local, state, and national) to discuss funding mechanisms for large projects, Wyoming County Soil and Water on watershed projects that stem the influx of sediment and nutrients into the Lake, and business leaders and property owners to garner their support for these efforts.
Over 80 people attended the Federation of Lakes Association Annual meeting held at the Club on Silver Lake Saturday October 21, 2017. Connections were made, information was shared, and ideas were plenty. Thank you Don and Elaine Cook for doing such a fantastic job for all the lakes! The people were great, the food was awesome (TY – Rick Fish & Nancy Miller), and we all got out on time.
Under the minutes tab you will find all the meeting minute summaries of the SLA.
The September SLA monthly meeting was filled with information on how involved the Water Quality Committee is with the Wyoming County Soil & Water District in helping with projects in the Silver Lake watershed. For more details check out the SLA website under the Water Quality tab.
This meeting was also bitter sweet as we thanked Pat and Marcia U. as they go on to a new adventure leaving Silver Lake and their 10 years of involvement with the SLA. Thank You so much Pat and Marcia for all you did with the SLA!!!! You will be missed.
The October meeting (October 9) will be the last of the season. This will be a year in review. Anyone interested in joining our group of directors or committees, contact your tract director or comment on the FB post and we will get in touch.
Click on the “Minutes” tab for all SLA meeting summaries.
Two presentations are now available for your viewing (Water Quality tab). Slideshow #1 is the Silver Lake Experience presentation given by Frank Bright (Water Quality co-chair) and Ellen Folts (www.amandasnativeplants.com).
Slideshow #2 is the Water Quality presentation from the SLA Annual Meeting August 12, 2017.
Both have great information for everyone!
New WQ Information was added to the Water Quality Tab.
Included is a story about the chemistry of fireworks and how they are safe for the environment. The inquisitive mind wanted to know!
The SLA Water Quality Committee also shared an article on soil testing and how easy and inexpensive it is with “Dairy One”. The required forms are attached to this post (form-H & form-H2).
Roland Beck, from the State Park’s Office at Letchworth, and the SLA WQ Committee worked together to make available this very important disposal station. This will help alleviate the possibility of invasive species being transported into Silver Lake or from Silver Lake to another body of water. The Invasive Disposal Station is installed at the State Public Launch at the South west end of Silver Lake. Let us all do our part and use this valuable tool.
Welcome to Silver Lake, Wyoming County New York
Welcome to the Silver Lake Association Website. Silver Lake is located in Western New York, one hour Southeast of Buffalo NY, or one hour South of Rochester NY. Our 3 mile long lake is great for fishing and boating around the 7 mile stretch of it’s shorelines and watershed. On our website you will find events happening on and around Silver Lake, in our towns and villages of Perry and Castile, places of interest (ex. Letchworth State Park – 10 minutes away) and contact information. As our mission statement says, our organization of dedicated and passionate volunteers are here to keep Silver Lake Clean, safe, and beautiful for the present and for generations to come. Thank you for stopping in and hope you come and visit… if you don’t live or vacation here already!