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.
We’ve had a busy summer at Little York Lake and now is the time to review what we’ve accomplished and begin to plan for 2021.
Please join us Saturday, 9/19, at 10:00 a.m. either in person at the main pavilion (CRT) or via Zoom. We are limited to 50 people in person and we will only send the Zoom link to registrants, so you must pre-register to attend. Please click on this link and complete the form.
We are also collecting dues of $50 for our 2020/21 membership year. There are 3 easy ways to pay:
Send a check to P.O. Box 56, Little York, NY 13087
Saturday DEC confirmed that our water sample from the cove adjacent to Elm Street contained a harmful algae bloom (HAB). We are still waiting on details from the lab to determine the specifics of the organism, its toxicity and treatment.
Detailed information on HABs is contained on this DEC page. The map identifying all recent HAB reports is available here. There are images attached to the report in addition to the one in this post (click to view full-sized).
Until we have more details and an action plan (in the next few days) we strongly urge everyone to avoid contact with the water in that area of the lake (see the map).
In the meantime, if you see anything that looks unusual, please email a picture to [email protected] or text it to 607-218-2550.
We have had two dogs suddenly die after exposure to the lake. Both dogs were in the same area of the lake, along the south-western section of Elm Avenue (see map).
LYLPS board members along with the director of NYSFOLA inspected the area on Monday afternoon looking for evidence of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). These bacteria are responsible for harmful algae blooms (HABs). HABs can make people ill, but they can kill dogs.
The following information comes from Webmd:
The algae produce two different toxins: one that causes neurological problems, and one that leads to liver failure, according to David Dorman, a professor of toxicology at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Signs that a dog has ingested blue-green algae include twitching, weakness, seizures, vomiting, and diarrhea. Although it is more common to see symptoms within minutes or hours, it might be days before the toxins take effect.
Blue-green algae are commonly confused with green algae — both can create dense material on the water’s surface that can interfere with activities like swimming and fishing, and may have a similar smell, the Environmental Protection Agency says. But, unlike green algae, blue-green algae can be fatal.
During our inspection we did not see anything that looked like blue-green algae, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t present in the lake. We took a sample of an unusual material floating on the surface in the suspect area and will have an evaluation in the next few days. We are also waiting for an autopsy from the second dog.
Unfortunately, other than avoiding them, there is not much that can be done about them, though research in how to eliminate them has been ramped up in recent years. For now, it is important for everyone to stay vigilant and alert LYLPS if you see anything that looks like a HAB by emailing location and hopefully a picture to [email protected] or texting 607-218-2550.
Signs are posted and the weather looks good for the first of our planned lake treatments. On Thursday morning we are treating the variable leaf milfoil. Treatment is scheduled to begin at approximately 10 a.m. and should take a few hours.
While there are minimal water use restrictions, we are asking boaters to stay off the lake during the treatment period.
Check back here and we will post when the treatment is completed.
This week we received our permits from DEC and are planning our initial treatment on Thursday, June 18th. All lake and downstream property owners will receive a notification postcard in the next day or two.
We will update this post with more details as we have more details.
Individual letters were mailed to all lake property owners on 2/29 explaining the treatment plan and individualized costs. Since everyone is benefiting from the lake improvements, we are asking everyone to donate.
The treatment plan with the updated treatment maps can be found here. If you are in the treatment area (as stated in your letter) we are asking you to register here to confirm your interest and commitment to have your lake front treated.
If you don’t receive a letter by 3/6 please email us at [email protected] or call us at 607-218-2550 and we will provide further details.
We will be following the same notification process as last year. You will receive a letter identifying the specific herbicide/algaecide, planned treatment date(s), water use restrictions (if any), and the time period within which you may express any objections and/or questions.
Our fall meeting is scheduled for Sunday, September 22 at noon followed by our fall picnic at 1 pm. All festivities take place at the main pavilion in Dwyer Park (where CRT plays).
In addition to our normal reports, our fall meeting will feature a discussion of this year’s herbicide treatment as well as initial ideas for next year’s efforts. Please be sure to complete our treatment survey by Wednesday morning the 18th so that the board has your input as we prepare plans for next year.
Following the meeting we’re having our first annual fall picnic. LYLPS will provide hot dogs, rolls, condiments, iced tea, lemonade and paper products. Please bring a dish to pass and any other beverages you would like. Music will be provided by Tribal Revival. Thanks to the Nortons for organizing this including the music.
Please RSVP by Thursday, September 19 so that we know how many hot dogs to provide. Click on this link to let us know if you will or will not be attending.