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Otisco Lake Otisco Lake

Otisco LakeSize and Location:  Otisco Lake is one of eleven lakes in central New York State known as the Finger Lakes.  It is 5.4 miles long and three quarters of a mile wide at its widest point.

Why is it important to protect Otisco Lake?

  • Otisco Lake is used an a public and private source of drinking water.
  • Otisco Lake is an important recreational resource, providing a place for fishing and various other water-related activities.

Otisco LakeHow is EPA involved?

Since 1996, funding has been included in EPA's budget for "continuing work on the water quality management plan for watersheds," including Otisco Lake.

What are the Major Environmental Issues Facing the Lake?

The lake is affected by nonpoint source pollution from agriculture (pesticide and fertilizer use, manure production, and sedimentation resulting from poor tillage practices), residential land use (septic systems, lawncare, and construction), and streambank erosion.  

Who are the Stakeholders?

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency |  Onondaga County Health Department Exit EPA disclaimer |


Contact: faber.theresa@epa.gov


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