Lake and Watershed Mgt. Plans

The best reference for this material is Diet for a Small Lake, but this page guides you to additional information about lake management planning in NYS.

Information about the water quality of many NYS waterbodies can also be found on the NYS DEC website.

Most lake associations become interested in lake and watershed management when a perceived problem occurs on their lake. Nuisance aquatic weeds, algae growth, or turbidity often spur action on the local level. Some lakes can become impaired for their designated use as a public water supply or recreational (contact) waterbody. Many of them have been designated by the NYS DEC as part of the 303(d) Impaired Waterbody List. Many lakes on this list have been determined to have nutrient levels that lead to undesirable water quality. The nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus are the primary contributors to excessive weed and algae growth in lakes. The goal of most lake management programs is to reduce the amount of nutrients entering a lake.

In 2012, NYSFOLA partnered with the SUNY Oneonta Graduate Program in Lake Management to provide a mechanism for member lake associations to have management plans prepared by graduate students in the program. NYSFOLA provides funding to the Oneonta Foundation in order to support the work on selected NYSFOLA member lakes.

US EPA Nine Element Plan

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has prepared a Introduction to Watershed Planning module. They recommend a 9 Element Plan. They also have published a “Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore our Waters“. A “Quick Guide” version of the document is available.

Lake Management Plan Examples

There are many good examples of lake management plans in New York State. Here links to some examples:

Augur Lake Management Plan (2005)

Ballston Lake Watershed Protection and Management Plan

Brant Lake Watershed Assessment

Brant Lake Management Plan (SUNY Oneonta)

Canadarago Lake Watershed Protection Plan (2014, SUNY Oneonta)

Cayuga Lake Watershed Management Plan

Cazenovia Lake Management Plan (SUNY Oneonta)

Chateaugay Lakes Watershed Management Plan

Conesus Lake Watershed Management Plan

Grass Lake Management Plan (SUNY Oneonta – 2014)

Hatch and Bradley Brook Reservoirs Management Plan (SUNY Oneonta)

Honeoye Lake Management Plan

Melody Lake Management Plan (2002)

Oneida Lake Management Plan

Lake Oscawana Lake Management Plan (2008)

Otsego Lake Watershed Management Plan

Panther Lake Management Plan (SUNY Oneonta)

Schroon Lake Watershed Management Plan