Owasco Lake

Owasco Lake

AUBURN — The village of Moravia Tuesday formally joined the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council, the intermunicipal organization that coordinates work to protect the lake.

With the village passing its own resolution previously, the council voted unanimously to accept the village as its newest member, with Mayor Gary Mulvaney serving as the village's representative on the board.

Mulvaney said he was eager to get started working with the council, and was excited about the potential to find ways for the village to help contribute to protecting the lake.

"I just want to be sure there's not anything we're not doing we should be doing," Mulvaney said.

Already, Watershed Specialist Drew Snell spent part of the last month working with village workers using specialized equipment to dig out more than 200 pounds of material from clogged stormwater conveyance systems — material workers would normally have to do by hand.

The inclusion of the village as a council members comes as part of the approach and goals of Adam Effler, who started full time as the council's first executive director in March.

One of the most important functions of his job and the council, Effler said, is to incite buy-in and encourage cooperation from the community as a whole to work toward better protecting the lake and its water quality.

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"I think it's a wonderful step in the right direction," Effler said.

Besides municipal partnerships, Effler also wants to encourage regular citizens to get on board. For example, the council, along with Snell, are hoping to have a community planting session on the stream along Deauville Island to help demonstrate how easy but effective mitigation strategies like riparian buffers can be.

Council Chair and Owasco Town Supervisor Ed Wagner was also happy to see the village of Moravia join the council alongside its town counterpart, given that approximately 60 percent of water entering the lake comes from the southern end and the inlet near both.

"It's important they be part of the solution mitigating nutrients in the lake," Wagner said.

In other news

The council voted to approve the renaming of the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program, which Snell is organized under, to the Watershed Inspection and Protection Division.

The change was prompted partly by the new duties and authority the updated Owasco Lake Watershed Rules and Regulations would afford the office, if approved.

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Staff writer Ryan Franklin can be reached at (315) 282-2252 or ryan.franklin@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @RyanNYFranklin