Mops found in Castile Sewer System

The Town of Castile is asking residents of the Lake District to not throw, flush, or discard in any way items that will damage the sewer pumps.  Attached is a picture of the mops cleaned out of the pumps.

NYS Federation of Lakes (F.O.L.A.) News

FOLA will be holding their 23rd Region 1 meeting at The Club on Silver Lake Restaurant Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10 AM.  Anyone interested in attending contact the SLA to be registered.  The $15 fee for attendees will also include Coffee, danish and lunch.  Deadline for registration is October 12th.

Blue green Algae Update

ALGAE BOOM UPDATE….. (please read, important information)

Good Afternoon –

The near shore CSLAP sample taken on 9/9/17 from the sampling point at the deepest point in Silver Lake CONFIRM the presence of an Open Water cyanobacteria HAB in Silver Lake based on blue-green chlorophyll a levels of 32.2 µg/L (above the DEC Confirmed Bloom threshold of 25 µg/L) and a microscopic analysis of Trace Microcystis, Woronichinia, and Centric Diatoms.

Toxin data are NOT yet available, but will be forwarded upon receipt IF they indicate an elevated risk.

However, even if the toxin levels are low, the same advisory information applies – lake residents, visitors and pets should avoid exposure to any surface scums or heavily discolored water, should seek medical assistance as needed if any exposure symptoms are experienced, and should report these symptoms to their local health department and to harmfulalgae@health.ny.gov.

Any questions or comments may be sent to HABsInfo@dec.ny.gov.

As always, please consult the DEC (http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/77118.html) and DOH (http://www.health.ny.gov/…/water/drinking/bluegreenalgae.pdf) web sites for additional information on what to do if you see or encounter blooms. The Silver Lake Association (http://silverlakeassociation-wny.org/) web site and Facebook page will also have updates.

As warranted I will report back to you.

This situation will eventually dissipate as conditions for bloom growth deteriorate.

Sincerely,

Frank Bright
Co-Chair, SLA Water Quality Committee​

Information about blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms on freshwater lakes and ponds.
DEC.NY.GOV

September SLA Meeting

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.

Town of Castile to hold Solar Energy meeting

Please be advised and aware that the Town of Castile will be holding a Public Hearing to discuss/pass a law for solar energy systems.  If anyone would have a concern or would like more information about this matter we recommend/encourage to attend this meeting.

July Meeting Summary

The July meeting summary is now available on the minutes tab.  3 months to go for the 2017 season.

2017 Meeting Summaries are Now Available

Click on the “Minutes” tab for all SLA meeting summaries.

Silver Lake Algae Bloom Update

Algae Bloom Information Update…

Good Morning –

The near shore CSLAP sample taken last week from the Silver Lake Campground (Lake Shore Dr., Castile; near Mack’s) lab results confirm the presence of a cyanobacteria harmful algae bloom (HAB) in Silver Lake (Wyoming Co.) based on blue-green chlorophyll a levels of 178,069 µg/L (above the DEC Confirmed Bloom threshold of 25 µg/L) and a microscopic analysis of very dense Microcystis, Mod. Planktothrix.

Toxin results will be forwarded upon receipt. However, even if the toxin levels are low, the same advisory information applies – lake residents, visitors and pets should avoid exposure to any surface scums or heavily discolored water, should seek medical assistance as needed if any exposure symptoms are experienced, and should report these symptoms to their local health department and to harmfulalgae@health.ny.gov.

Any questions or comments may be sent to HABsInfo@dec.ny.gov.

As always, please consult the DEC (http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/77118.html) and DOH (http://www.health.ny.gov/…/water/drinking/bluegreenalgae.pdf) web sites for additional information on what to do if you see or encounter blooms. The Silver Lake Association (http://silverlakeassociation-wny.org/) web site and Facebook page will also have updates.

I will report back to you when I have more information.

Again, cyanobacteria harmful algae blooms have been confirmed within Silver Lake; one should assume that bloom conditions exist at other locations in Silver Lake.

This situation will eventually dissipate as conditions for bloom growth deteriorate.

Sincerely,

Frank Bright
Co-Chair, SLA Water Quality Committee

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!

Blue-green Algae spotted

Good Afternoon –

There has been an apparent blue green algae bloom spotted at the Silver Lake Campground  along the main dock area.

Please consult the following DEC web site for more information:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/77118.html

It is best to avoid these blooms!

I will get out to the lake this afternoon and I will secure a sample that will then be sent on for formal testing.

Testing results can take up to 10 days.

 

SLA WQ Committee