In spite of Covid restrictions, 2020 was a very active season for LYLPS. We completed most of the items in our work plan (published here) including successful treatments of variable leaf milfoil and starry stonewort.
The following table shows our results vs our plan:
o Support the installation and roll-out of the boat decontamination station at Dwyer Park
o Continuing support, through C-OFOKLA, of the boat steward program, CCStoptheInvasion.org
· The boat station was successfully installed and operated. The boat steward program was operational through the year.
· Community educational programs were put on hold due to pandemic restrictions.
o Monitor the lake through CSLAP
o Conduct regional CSLAP training on May 8th
o Expand the monitoring by joining the Finger Lakes PRISM macrophyte program
· We successfully conducted our 8 CSLAP sessions, reporting data to the state-wide program.
· We were unable to conduct regional training due to the pandemic.
· Similarly, the PRISM macrophyte program was put on hold. However, we were able to conduct a macrophyte survey in conjunction with SWCD.
o Treat variable leaf milfoil (VLM) in previously untreated areas
o Test treating starry stonewort (SSW)
· We successfully treated VLM in previously untreated areas and conducted a test treatment of starry stonewort. VLM treatment went very well and the 2019 treatment seems to have had a lasting effect.
· SSW treatment seemed positive and we will learn more next summer.
o Support new drawdown permit process
o Establish shorescaping program in collaboration with SWCD
o Continue support of septic education program
· A new drawdown permit was issued and implemented in the fall. We have supported monitoring of the lake levels to assist compliance with the permit.
· We did not make progress on the shorescaping program.
· Septic workshops are not feasible under pandemic restrictions.
o Continue to build community
o Maintain the lake management plan
· We have continued to develop community and engage volunteers including with a Zoom social hour and several community Zoom meetings.
· We are actively referencing the lake management plan as we move forward to next year.