WELCOME TO THE SILVER LAKE ASSOCIATION
WELCOME TO THE SILVER LAKE ASSOCIATION
In the effort to more readily receive grants and other funding for projects benefiting Silver Lake and its watershed; the Silver Lake Association Water Quality Committee created The Citizen Led Environmental Action Network at Silver Lake (CLEAN@Silver Lake) which is a non-profit focusing on water quality matters within the Silver Lake Watershed. SLA Water Quality team works through clean for its mission to protect our lake. See the CLEAN website for more data and WQ information.
Native Species Plantings completed on 10/14/2022 - at the Silver Lake State Park (boat launch)
LIST OF NATIVE PLANTS USED:
Tress: Sycamore, Swamp white oak, red oak, bald cypress, sugar maple
Shrubs: Silk dogwood, button bush, Nannyberry, Am hazelnut
Perennials: Wild ageratum, cutleaf coneflower, Joepye weed, hoary skullcap, NY ironweed, wild bergamot, clustered mountain mint
INVASIVE SPECIES MITIGATION - JAPENESE KNOTWEED - SLA, CLEAN, Wyoming County, along with a small contribution from landowners funded a chemical treatment plan for elimination of this fast-growing invasive species. The sites identified by SLA were sprayed 3 times and dead plants were removed. More work in 2023 will be needed to complete this important project.
Silver Lake Dams: The Silver Lake Dam leak was repaired.
Perry Central School Activities Todd Shuskey and his students performed their first gravity corer experiments (50 cm, ~20”) into the lake bed. These types of samples can be used as a “time machine”, allowing students to quantify the history of inorganic analytes (e.g., heavy metals, nutrients) and biologicals in Silver Lake. The first samples are being analyzed at UB and PHS. Todd and the students plan to carry out deeper core measurements to establish a more complete time line.
Watercraft Inspection Steward: Silver Lake has been fortunate to have a dedicated steward in place at the State Boat launch for the past several years. 2 Jenelle Grigelevich is serving as this year’s steward. She spoke at the last SLA meeting. She is scheduled to be on-site from Friday, May 27 through Labor Day weekend (FridayMonday 8:00AM-6:30PM). We will be giving Jenelle a gift card for all her hard work.
Dredging There was an update provided at the 07/21/2022 SLWC meeting. Steve Perkins formerly from the Wyoming County Health Department is still spearheading the efforts and he mentioned that the total project may be expanded to include Eberstein Tract. A $3.2-3.4M estimated budget was mentioned. The effort would be multi-faceted with a combination of in-lake, on nearby land, and off-site sediment relocation/removal. Current effort is centering on securing needed land approvals by Fall ’22 with an eye toward targeting grant funding sources after all arrangements and approvals are in hand. The next step after land approvals is in hand is a comprehensive planning grant submission.
The 2022 Annual Silver Lake Water Quality Golf Tournament was be held July 30th, 2022at the Silver Lake Country Club. Proceeds are used to purchase native shrubs and perennials that Association members will plant along a tributary identified by the Wyoming County Soil & Water Conservation District as a problematic run-off location. Native plants help to stem the influx of nutrients and sediment into the lake.
THE 2023 SLA Water Quality Golf Tournament will be July 22, 2023, at 9:00 am
Six (6) of eight (8) samples for the 2022 season have been taken and submitted. Sampling data from each session is now uploaded directly to a DEC-supported web site. Hard copies are still submitted along with the samples.
What is CSLAP? The Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) is a volunteer lake monitoring program run by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the NYS Federation of Lake Associations, Inc. (NYSFOLA). It was initiated in 1985 and was modeled after successful volunteer programs in Vermont, Maine, Illinois and Minnesota. Each participating lake association is a member of NYSFOLA, a not-for-profit coalition of lake associations and others interested in lake management. NYSFOLA was founded in 1983 and presently serves over 200 lake associations as well as individual and corporate members.
The 2021 CSLAP Report is now (!!) available online:
The 2021 CSLAP Report is now (!!) available online: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/IF/CSLAP/2021_CSLAPreport_Silver%20Lake%280403SIL0115 %29.html
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
FYI - Silver Lake is on the eligible waterbody list.
NYS announced $15 million in funding is available through the State Septic System Replacement Program to support homeowners. The grants are the second round from a total of $75 million provided under the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act to improve water quality and protect public health through the targeted replacement of aging and sub-standard septic systems and removal of cesspools in communities statewide. The program is a collaboration between the Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Health, Environmental Facilities Corporation, and participating counties to administer funding to qualifying homeowners.
For more information on applying and for priority waterbodies that are eligible, visit: https://www.efc.ny.gov/SepticReplacement
Nancy Mueller, Manager NYS Federation of Lake Associations, Inc.
PO Box 84
LaFayette, NY 13084