Water Quality Message

DEC Delivers - Keeping You Connected and Informed

MakingWaves – Don’t Flush Wipes; Pollution Prevention Institute Grants; Water Smart Landscapes

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation sent this bulletin on 05/15/2020 09:37 AM EDT

MakingWaves – News From the Division of Water
In this Issue:Don’t Flush Wipes or Other GarbageDeadline Approaching for Pollution Prevention Institute Community GrantsWater Smart LandscapesDon’t Flush Wipes or Other GarbageFlush ResponsiblyCertain materials flushed down toilets can damage sewer systems, wastewater treatment operations, or private septic systems, even when they are labeled as flushable. Correcting the damage is expensive, so do not flush any of the items listed below, no matter how small. Please throw them in the trash. diapersbaby wipesdisinfectant wipespersonal hygiene productsany paper products other than toilet paper (e.g., paper towels, facial tissues, paper napkins) Deadline Approaching for Pollution Prevention Institute Community GrantsThe New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) is accepting applications for its Community Grants Program 2020-2021 for pollution prevention outreach and education projects. Eligible groups include community organizations and local government agencies based in New York State. The program is designed to support initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of environmental issues and that lead to adoption of sustainable practices. Applications are due May 29, 2020.Water Smart LandscapesWaterSense LogoDEC encourages landowners to consider planting water-smart landscapes to conserve water this summer. If you are designing a new landscape or rethinking your current one, EPA’s WaterSense webpages can help you plan your landscape and choose plants that are drought tolerant for your area. As an Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense partner, DEC encourages you to find ways to use less water.

SLA COVID-19 Response

Please pass this information to residents of the Silver Lake District. Note: SLA May 9th, Board Meeting was held virtually with 27 attending our ZOOM.com format. These policies were voted on and approved by the Board. Further monthly SLA meetings will be determined at a later date. Contact SLA with any questions or concerns. TY for your continued support of SLA during this unprecedented time. Stay safe, stay healthy!

Streamside Buffers

We are happy to inform you that the 2020 Conservation Seedling Program is under way.  Attached is the 2020 order form for your review.  You can also find the order form, plant descriptions and additional information on our website at:  www.ecswcd.org.  You can click on the order form link on the homepage or use the “Tree and Shrub” link on the left side of the homepage.  We are not able to accept orders through the website or by email; orders with payment must be mailed to or dropped-off at our office in East Aurora by the order deadline. Please keep in mind that the District reserves a limited amount of plant stock from its growers – order early for best results.

October Meeting

While it was the last SLA meeting of the season, the duties continue. A winter newsletter is being prepared, files are being organized and the 2020 SLA Directory will be put together. Don’t forget to send in your awesome photos of all the fun on Silver Lake this past year.
After taking a small break for the holidays, we begin to prepare for next year. Thanks to all for your continued support, dedication, and to our volunteers for their time spent for the good of our great Lake Community.
Pictured is the final group attendance of the 2019 season! A short summary of this years activities, projects, and Guest Speakers is also attached.
Looking forward to seeing you in 2020 and for your continued support. Have a wonderful fall and winter season.

Summary of the 2019 SLA season

September SLA Meeting

Editorial from the SLA President… 
(please take the time to read)
The SLA FB page and website are good resources to communicate to lake residents that have an interest in the activities and Water Quality information that affect all of us that use Silver Lake in one way or another. Our monthly meeting is the best way for a two way conversation and getting information first hand.
The SLA 2019 Annual meeting took the time to share “The Year in Review” of WQ projects, events, and future goals of Silver Lake. Your membership and support is at work to benefit our lake and properties. 
***SLA and C.L.E.A.N. partnering with; Perry High School students and Todd Shuskey Perry CSD Science Teacher, SUNY Geneseo, DEC, PAgES partnered with SUNY Buffalo, Wy Co Soil & Water, & local farmers all work together to continue the 58 year tradition of caring for Silver Lake.
***New, “away from the lake” and “near lake” planting projects that are supplemented by the money raised by the WQ Golf Tournament are being approved and implemented.
***SLA & C.L.E.A.N. are working together along with the local municipalities, Wy. Co. and the DEC, to move forward to approve the dredging project of the outlet and north end of Silver Lake. This is VERY important for the health of our lake.
***The Perry Public Beach and Silver Lake Trail projects are in progress.
***New equipment is being purchased to enhance our data collecting capabilities for studies and information.
All of these subjects will be discussed at the Saturday, September 14th, 2019 meeting with elected officials, business representatives, and involved organizations. Come be part of this very important informational meeting that affects the whole Silver Lake District. The meeting is held at The Club at Silver Lake Restaurant (upstairs meeting rm.) 9 AM. All are encouraged to attend. Ask your neighbors and friends that may not have the opportunity to use FB and the SLA Website to attend and be involved. TY

July 2019 SLA Meeting

What a busy July it has been and it is only half over! 
Our July 13th meeting shared information with the 32 in attendance from the 2 guest speakers, Joseph Kirisits, Boat Steward at the State Public Launch on Silver Lake, and Bob Blauers, Remax Reality. 
Joseph explained his duties that help benefit Silver Lake by watching, inspecting, and educating boaters using the state launch, on the transfer of water invasive species that can be transported from other bodies of water to our lake. Bob talked about the comparisons of Silver Lake to other lakes in the region. He commented on how fortunate we are to have such a active Water Quality Committee and our quality of life on this lake proves that. He also gave a very informative talk on this years assessments.
The SLA Committees than gave their reports. The water Quality report can be found on the SLA website. Our Boat Parade went on as planned. Though the rain dampened the ride, it did not dampen the spirits of the entries of the parade. The fireworks on the 3rd were amazing and the tradition of the Ring of Fire was awesome. 
The SLA Water Quality Golf Tournament will be held at the SL Golf Course July 27th. 
A few team openings are still available. Our committee is still looking for basket donations for our raffle. All are welcome to by tickets the day of the tournament. Winners do not need to be present to win!
Our August 10th meeting is open to all and we encourage lakers to come and be informed! Open to All!

Bob Blauers Remax Reality
Joseph Kirisits Boat Steward and the SLA WQ Team

New DEC Website to Report Algae Blooms

To all Silver Lake Association followers,  

Here is a link that the DEC is now using to identify HAB’s. 

More details will be discussed at the July 13th meeting.
NYS has instituted a new Harmful Algae Bloom interactive map.  The NYHABS site can be found here.  
https://nysdec.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=ae91142c812a4ab997ba739ed9723e6e

Please note that the reported Harmful Algae Blooms indicated on this 
map  can be “suspicious”, “confirmed”, or “confirmed with high toxins” 
and are indicated as such on the map.

As per usual, the SLA WQ committee will add alerts on our webpage of 
confirmed HAB, only.
Please pass this information to friends and family on Silver Lake, TY.

Mark Emmerson SLA President
emmerson_mark@yahoo.com