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.
• Town of Locke, Doolittle Road and Route 38; Town of Niles, Vanderstouw Road, Town of Sempronius, Franklin Road: Investigated residential household waste piles situated adjacent to streams or within wooded areas. The conditions and materials observed at the four sites were referred to the Cayuga County Health Department for further jurisdictional determinations and violation notifications. Violations were distributed to offenders.
• Village of Groton, West South Street (Route 38): Assisted with an assessment of an abandoned municipal landfill site along the Owasco Inlet. The purpose of the assessment is to determine what material is being exposed by erosion along a small stretch of the inlet streambank and if it is a concern for water contamination. Groundwater and material samples were taken from the site and sent for analysis. Results of testing are currently unknown. No violations issued.
• Town of Owasco, Brook Hollow Drive: Inspected a report of an algae bloom near the Dutch Hollow Creek flow into the lake. A possible algae bloom was reported from an observer just after a thunderstorm on May 10. Division staff observed the lake condition and determined the discoloration was a sediment plume (sediments carried into the lake by heavy rainfall). The plume had a similar appearance to an algae bloom. No violations issued.
• Town of Owasco, Brook Hollow Drive: Investigated a report of a deceased animal in Dutch Hollow Creek. The animal was discovered to be a beaver, possibly a casualty of the severe winter ice jams and flows earlier this year. No violation issued.
• Town of Scipio, Edgewater Point: Conducted multiple site investigations to verify a report of manure odor originating from the stream flowing through Edgewater Point. No odors have been detected to date. Continuous monitoring will occur at this site.