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

Notice from the Sheriff

Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office

The Boating Advisory for Silver Lake has been lifted. Thank you to the boaters for complying and limiting the damage around the lake. Please continue to have a safe and enjoyable summer on Silver Lake!

The “No Wake Alert” will be lifted at noon

To the boaters of Silver Lake…
The Sheriff Dept. just called (Monday 8 AM) and will lift the alert by noon. As soon as I get the post I will share it with the masses. If you do go out on the lake please use common sense and caution, there may be floating objects still in the water.

Trophy Winners For the Boat Parade

Here is the list of the Boat parade winners. Pictures are on the SLA Website.
2017 Howard Benedict Memorial Boat Parade Trophy Winners

Clendenning Family             Davis Tract                    Ghostbusters                President’s Choice

Wyzykiewicz Family     Country Club South            Disney Moana                Most Original

Norton Family                     Walt’s Tract                   John Deere Tractor       Classic

Vrooman Family     Old Orchard Beach South           Bubble Bath                Sport Boat

Felber Family                    Private Drive 3                Freedom of the Seas      Most Patriotic

Urschel Family                  Broadbooks                         Willie Wonka              Most Humorous

Number of Entries: 10
Withdrawals During Parade: 1
Honorable Mention Gift Certificates Issued: 2
Wetjen Family Institute American Flags

If you were in the Boat Parade and did not win a trophy you are eligible to receive a Gift Certificate for participating , please contact the SLA.
2 boats are eligible.

Newest picture of the Silver Lake Eagle

The 4th Festivities and Boat Parade

You could not ask for more perfect weather for the “Ring of Fire” the Silver Lake Fireworks display and the Traditional Boat Parade!  New pictures are posted on our picture page and all the wonderful floats in the 2017 Boat Parade are available for viewing.  If anyone has pictures to share please send them in through our website or Facebook page!

New articles, Pictures, and Information

June 14, 2017 new information and pictures were added to our website.  Our Water Quality Open House held at the Charcoal Corral is June 26, 2017. The SLA July monthly meeting will be held July 8th, at the Club, starts promptly at 9 am.  The SLA Golf tournament July 29th, 2017 held at the Club on Silver Lake Golf Course is open to all.  Limited to 25 teams.  Our latest news and information published in our 2017 newsletters is available on the newsletter tab.

Details of all of these events are on the website or the SLA FB Page.

Time is Running Out!

Now is the time to enter the “First Ever SLA FUN Golf Tournament”!  Print out this form and register.  Limited to the first 25 teams that register.

golf register

Sailing on Silver Lake is Gearing Up!

Here is a note from Jim Aker:

Hello all,

Happy Friday, another sailing season looms ahead. I hope I did not forget anyone on this e mail. I know Jeff has a hard time with his e mail so I will personally call him. By the way I believe he is ready for the launching.
I thought I would get an e mail out so everyone starts to think about sailing a bit. I believe we all start to open the cottages around Memorial day so I guess that starts our season too.
What thoughts do all of you have on how we should get organized for the summer? If you could give it some thought and copy everyone on your ideas and e mail them out, might be a good way to start some conversation. I am in favor of Saturday morning 9-12 to be our time on the lake and maybe one evening as well. I know Mick suggested last year a night/moon light cruising event may be fun. Take a few days and get your thoughts out to everyone soon.
I asked the reporter for the Warsaw paper if she would be interested in another update /article to write up. She was excited about helping us out and maybe showing up to take pictures and a cruise. More to follow on that later.
My main goal this year is to reach out to as many people as possible to join the Silver Lake Sailing Club. Seasoned sailors, newbie’s past sailor’s who sailed here before etc.. So if you know anyone who might be interested let’s reach out and invite them to join us. I would like to see 5 new boats/members by the end of the year participating. The kids need to learn too, keep them in mind….Comments please!
I spoke with Rick at the club he is more than willing to help us in anyway, ” the club is open to us”
There are slips available.
looking forward hearing from everyone soon,
Jim Aker

FYI – Fertilize the correct way

Spring is here (I think!) and everyone is getting their properties ready to look beautiful for all to see. Please be mindful while wanting your lawns and flowers to look beautiful, do the correct way to keep our lake healthy!
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DEC Encourages Homeowners to Practice Sustainable Lawn Care

DEC Encourages Homeowners to Practice Sustainable Lawn Care to Protect State Waterbodies

DEC launches “Look for the Zero” campaign to urge homeowners to purchase phosphorus-free lawn fertilizer

To protect water quality this spring, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today is urging New Yorkers to practice sustainable lawn care by going phosphorus free, using native plants and grasses, and reducing fertilizer use. DEC has launched the “Look for the Zero” campaign to encourage New Yorkers to purchase phosphorus-free lawn fertilizer, as more than 100 water bodies in New York State cannot be used or enjoyed as a result of too much phosphorus.

“The actions New Yorkers take in their backyards can have a big impact on the environment. By choosing sustainable lawn care, homeowners are helping protect water quality and public health,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Excess phosphorous is causing problems in many New York waterbodies, making them unusable for swimming, fishing, or as a source of drinking water. I urge residents to ‘look for the zero’ and buy phosphorous-free fertilizer this spring. By eliminating phosphorus and reducing pesticide use on lawns, New Yorkers can play an important role in addressing water quality impairments across the state.”

New York’s nutrient runoff law prohibits the use of phosphorus lawn fertilizers unless a new lawn is being established or a soil test shows that the lawn does not have enough phosphorus.

Generally, only newly established lawns or those with poor soil need phosphorus. Phosphorus applied to lawns that don’t need it will not be used and can cause water pollution. Regardless of the location, excess phosphorus from lawns can wash off and pollute lakes and streams, harming fish and ruining boating and swimming.

Consumers should review bag labels for phosphorus content when shopping for fertilizer. Fertilizer labels have three bold numbers. The number in the middle is the percentage of phosphorus in the product, such as: 22-0-15. The state’s law requires retailers to display phosphorus fertilizer separately from phosphorus-free fertilizer and post signs notifying customers of the terms of the law.

Homeowners have several options to practice more sustainable lawn care. DEC encourages homeowners to choose native plants and grasses, which are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions. These plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, birds, and other animals.

Organic lawn care can easily be implemented on any lawn. Safe and effective alternatives exist for most chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Organic lawn care treatments promote deep root systems, natural photosynthesis, and longer grass growth. Visit DEC’s Sustainable Landscaping web page to learn more.

Additional recommendations for sustainable lawn care include spreading a quarter inch of compost on the lawn to improve moisture retention and soil texture and add beneficial microorganisms and nutrients. Another suggestion is to allow grass to grow to three inches and then cut no more than one inch off the top. This is the “one-third” rule and helps to develop a deeper root system, which is a natural defense against weeds, disease and drought. Visit DEC’s Lawn Care web page for more information.

DEC also encourages homeowners to leave lawn clippings on the yard in order to improve the health of the lawn. Grass clippings are 80 percent water and contain 2- 4 percent nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and other nutrients. Leaving clippings also saves homeowners time while mowing and reduces the amount of garbage thrown out. Grass clippings can account for as much as 10 percent of garbage.

DEC has posted a new video (“Look for Zero Phosphorus Lawn Fertilizer”)(link leaves DEC’s website) to its YouTube channel that shows how phosphorus and other chemicals can run off lawns and enter our waterways. For more information, visit DEC’s Lawn Fertilizer web page.

The nutrient runoff law does not affect agricultural fertilizer or fertilizer for gardens.

Silver Lake Outlet Testing

If you happened to see this sight on your walk by the outlet, you witnessed the taking of samples for the dredging process. The village of Perry approved the go ahead with this project. We will keep you updated as new developments occur.

2016 CSLAP Report for Silver Lake

This report is now available on the Water quality tap of this website.  There is a summary page available so you do not have to read the whole report.

Silver Lake Dredging News

Click on this link to read an article from the Daily News about a dredging project in Silver Lake.

Letters from residents are available on the “Dredging” tab of this website.  If any Silver Lake resident would like to write a letter to their local elected official concerning dredging, contact the SLA.

DEC Regulations for Docks

Information on the DEC regulations of docks in the Region 9 area are available clicking on this link.  The link is available on the Water Quality tab of this website.

Silver Lake “Invasive Species Report” 2016

Attached is a report from WNY PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) on a study conducted in Silver Lake earlier this year.  This will also be included on our Water Quality page when this post is deleted.

Silver Lake Invasive Species Report (1)

Water Quality Reports

The SLA Water Quality page now has the 2015 CSLAP and water quality reports.  Just click on the links provided on the Water Quality page of this site.

New Water Quality Information

A new presentation “Myths of Silver Lake” put together by the SLA WQ Committee is now available for viewing.  If you missed this presentation at the May 14th, 2016 meeting, you will want to take the time to view this information. Find the click on link on the Water Quality tab.

Also added to the SLA meeting minutes is the April 9th, 2016 Summary.

Thank you for your interest and viewing the Silver Lake Association website.  Also find us on FB.

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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