The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program submits monthly inspection reports to The Citizen in an effort to provide the public with information on surveillance and violations. For additional details or information on the inspection program’s projects, inspections and the watershed’s rules and regulations, visit owascoinspection.org or call (315) 427-5188 or (315) 237-2066.
With low lake water levels, receding shoreline and decent late-January weather, inspection program staff was able to access the southern shoreline of Owasco Lake for shoreline inspection. The purpose of the inspection was to determine the condition of the southern bay where the Owasco Inlet enters the lake. We found a large number of trees accumulating in the southern end of the lake, snagged in sediments. Various sizes of woody debris coat the shoreline, retaining floating litter flushed down the inlet.
Other watershed inspections:
• Jan. 8: Owasco Inlet, Main Street in Groton, streambank erosion from roof water/stream velocities, landowner will address repairs of streambank, no violations.
• Jan. 11: Owasco Lake shoreline, Koenig Point in Niles, stormwater runoff inspection during construction of water main extension, contractor in compliance with stormwater controls, no violations.
• Jan. 17: Unnamed stream, Wyckoff Road in Scipio, discolored stream flows from large flock of ducks stirring sediments, stream water cleared after ducks were flushed out, no violations.