The inaugural Silver Lake Association (SLA) 2017 Water Quality Golf Tournament was held on Saturday, July 29th at the Club on Silver Lake and it was a huge success. Eighty-seven golfers enjoyed the “Golf Perfect” day and supported funding the purchase of native plantings to be placed adjacent to key tributaries to help mitigate sediment and nutrient influx into Silver Lake. The sites-to-be-planted were identified with help from colleagues at the Wyoming County Soil and Water Commission.
Volunteers, led by Loren Penmen and Karen Norton, made sure everything ran smoothly from registration to the final basket raffle door prize awards. Frank Bright (SLA Water Quality Committee Co-Chair) acknowledged the golf committee’s organizing skills that put together such a successful tourney and explained to the attendees how the tournament proceeds will be used. Mark Emmerson (SLA President) handed out trophies and prizes to golfers and lunch participants, including an award for “Longest Marshmallow Drive”. Rick Fish (Owner, Club on Silver Lake Golf Course and Restaurant) made 28 people very happy by calling their ticket number to win beautiful baskets that Silver Lake residents assembled and donated to this wonderful day of fun and comradery.
The Club efficient staff made sure more than 100 people were happy and did not go home hungry serving the delicious Roast Beef and dessert in spite the prolonged electrical power outage at The Club and nearby homes. We repeatedly heard, “We can’t wait until next year”, confirming that the Water Quality Golf Tournament was a success. See you again in 2018!!
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!
The SLA June meeting has come and gone. So much good information is shared. Everyone is invited to attend, come to our next meeting July 8th at 9 am at the Club.
Linda H. explains about the HOD, Wayne W. has his turn getting the boat parade organized, Frank B. does his thing for Water Quality. Robert C. explains Bronze and aluminum markers he makes held by Marci L. and Bob Blaures of Remax talked about Silver Lake and how fortunate we are to have an excellent and active association which is good for property values. We are also looking for donations for our Basket Raffle being held at the Club on Silver Lake during our “First Ever SLA FUN Golf Tournament”. For details or if you want to donate to the cause of Water Quality efforts of Silver Lake, contact the SLA.
What is better than ice cream when you are on a beautiful lake on a beautiful day?
June 12, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kelly Paganelli, 585-624-7805
Ice Cream Social & Water Quality Info Night
Planned for June 26, 2017, 5-7 pm
The Silver Lake Water Quality Committee invites the local community to an Ice Cream Social and Water Quality Information Night at the Charcoal Corral “Fiesta Room” in Perry, NY.
All are invited to review a variety of presentations involving Water Quality Issues on Monday, June 26th, 2017 from 5:00 pm -7:00 pm (Open House Style)
Ice Cream treats will be served. Questions, please email
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All Silver Lake Association members, community members and elected officials are encouraged to attend this free program
A message from Jim Aker:
Message going out to Silver Lake Sailing Club members and a few new folks who are looking to get involved too. A good sign our mailing list is growing.!! I would like to have out first 2017 meeting next Saturday June 3. 11 am at the golf club on the back porch. Please bring issues / ideas to discuss.!!
See you all then
Messages, information, and events will be posted on the Sailing tag of this website.
Over 40 people attended our May meeting. All the Guest Speakers were prepared to answer all the thought provoking questions on Water Quality issues. The attendees were educated on invasive species, updated news on the Silver Lake Trail, activities the SLA WQ Committee are involved with in 2017, having stewardship volunteer committee checking boats before and after entering our lake at launch sites, and DEC projects with the agricultural community to help the health of Silver Lake. Our meetings are always better with desserts!
Also pictured is a theme tray basket. We are asking for donations for our Golf Tournament (details on our FB Page). We are hoping for at least 25 donated basket for our raffle July 29, 2017 at the Club on Silver Lake! All are invited to participate.
A garbage issue was brought to our attention. People on certain private roads have designated areas to put their trash for trash pick-up. If the garbage is put out too early it gives animals plenty of opportunity to make an undesirable mess. Please be vigilant and work with your neighbors if you can not put your trash out no more than 24 hours before pick-up day. Thank you for helping with this issue. Keep Silver Lake and it’s community clean.
Our next meeting is June 10, we will not have guest speakers at this meeting.
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! http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/67239.html
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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.
Our first meeting of the year is now in the books. April 8, 2017 had 23 attendees! The season is early and we held the meeting at the Perry-Warsaw Airport in a nice cozy room with heat and bathrooms! Our May 13, 2017 meeting will be held at the regular location, The Club on Silver Lake Restaurant. More info pertaining to our May guest speaker(s) will be available soon.
Save this date: May 13, 2017
The SLA May meeting will have guest speakers Andrea Locke, WNY PRISM Coordinator, Frank Bright, SUNY Distinguished Professor (SLA WQ Chairperson), Jacquie Billings Barlow, Village of Perry Trustee, Brittney Roggers, Watercraft Inspection Program Leader, NY Sea Grant, and John Whitney District Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Our presentation is titled “Planning, Funding, and Executing Public Projects: A Discussion with Government Agencies and Community Groups about Silver Lake, NY”.
All interested members are welcome to attend. The presentation begins at 9 AM and will last about one hour. The meeting is held at The Club on Silver Lake Restaurant (second floor).