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

New Pictures of Silver Lake

A few new pictures are available on the Lake Life Tab.  Ice fishing & winter thaw.

Letchworth Park and the Ice Volcano

Enter this link for the News article.

http://www.thelcn.com/lcn01/new-ice-volcano-forming-at-letchworth-state-parks-glen-iris-inn-20171228

It’s a go for ice fishing

Silver Lake has started the ice fishing season.  But the fox was the first on the frozen lake!

Frozen Silver Lake

In just one day the lake freezes over. The geese are still coming in. The swans were not the numbers of last year. Is this a sign of the season to come??  The SLA wishes all a Merry Christmas and have a great Holiday season. We will post the first picture of ice fishermen when it happens.

SLA and Perry Central Students Work Together

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!

PHS SLA PDF

SLA Water Quality Committee Hard at Work

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.

Press Release
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.

New Water Quality presentations are now available

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!

The SLA’s New Invasive Species Disposal Station is now available

disposal stations 009 (640x360)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! 

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