Size and Location: Skaneateles Lake is one of the 11 Finger Lakes and is located in Central New York State. The lake is 16 miles long, averages three-quarters of a mile wide, and reaches a maximum depth of 300 feet.
Why is it important to protect Skaneateles Lake?
How is EPA involved?
EPA provides funding and technical support for the study and management of Skaneateles Lake. The lake was identified as a line item in EPA's 1995 budget for restoration activities. Since 1996, funding has been included in EPA's budget for "continuing work on the water quality management plan for watersheds," including Skaneateles 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. Contaminants from these sources include: sediment, nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus), pesticides, bacteria (total and fecal coliform), viruses, and protozoa (Giardia and Cryptosporidium). The lake is considered to be oligotrophic, meaning it is nutrient poor and has low levels of phosphorus.
Who are the Stakeholders?
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency City of Syracuse Town of Skaneateles Village of Skaneateles Town of Spafford Town of Scott Town of Semproniu Town of Niles Town of Owasco Town of Marcellus Cayuga County Health Dept. Cortland County Health Dept. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District
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