Anyone interested in the health of Owasco Lake can learn how the lake stacks up against others in the Finger Lakes at a public workshop later this week.
The Owasco Watershed Lake Association will hold a public workshop on the lake's condition from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Bisgrove Theater on the Auburn campus of Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn.
Dr. John Halfman of the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart William Smith College will give an update on the lake's condition and compare it to the other Finger Lakes, while Dr. Todd Walter of Cornell University will present on his new research project.
Halfman has studied Owasco Lake for years and has presented annually on Owasco Lake at previous OWLA events. He has completed his 2012 data and will present it on Saturday, according to a press release. Halfman's work is supported by the Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency and by OWLA.
Walter's research is on nutrient transfer mechanisms in watersheds. He is developing a system to forecast how much nutrients will be in the lake using a combination of weather forecasts and models that simulate watershed processes, according to the press release.
Walter's system will look at watershed factors and geo-spatial technology to identify and estimate the sources of the nutrients that enter the lake. Nutrients are a threat to the lake's condition, according to the press release.
Also at the workshop, students from the Maxwell School of Public Administration and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry will administer two public opinion surveys, according to the press release. Data already collected through the surveys, which can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LNYRFBT, will be referenced.
Paper surveys are also available at Seymour Library, 176 Genesee St., Auburn; Owasco Town Hall, 2 Bristol Ave., Auburn; and Scipio Town Hall, Route 34 and Quarry Road, Scipio.
The workshop is a companion event to Lake Day 2013, which will be held at Emerson Park on June 26, the 25th anniversary of OWLA.
Reservations for the workshop are free, but recommended. Call 252-8669 to register.