Dear CLWN members and supporters,
The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network is in the midst of our summer Annual Appeal and would love to hear from you! This year's appeal is keenly focused on water testing in many areas - not just in beautiful Cayuga Lake but in the streams and tributaries that flow into the lake. We want you to join us and support this work! You can do that by making the most generous financial commitment possible. 
Our appeal letter may have reached you by mail in the past couple of weeks. 
If you didn't get one, donating is easy via our website at, click on "Give During Our Annual Appeal" right on the front page and you're there!
You can use PayPal or a credit/debit card to donate. Thank you!
Please join us for our 20th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Picnic 5:30-9 pm on Wednesday August 16 at Taughannock Falls State Park, at the north entrance pavilion.
You do not need to be a member to attend! Come find out what we are all about.
We will grill hamburger and vegan burgers and hotdogs, and provide chips, fixins’ and some (non-alcoholic) beverages. Bring a friend/family members and a little something to share, and stay for our Annual and August Meetings: 
  • We will hold our Annual Board of Directors election;
  • We will have a brief presentation by a DEC representative about issues facing the lake;
  • we can discuss Harmful Algae Blooms, salt mining under the lake, and other concerns; 
  • There will be a rake toss demonstration, to help lakeshore residents sample for hydrilla; 
  • Some rake tools will be available for lakeshore residents and municipalities to take home (IF YOU PROMISE TO USE THEM!); 
  • Could you be a Senior Watercraft Steward this fall at a boat launch/marina after the college-age boat stewards depart?
  • RSVP to if you can, but feel free to come on the spur of the moment! 
  • Parking should be close to the pavilion - please let us know if you’d like assistance getting to and from the pavilion.
Current members of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network should have received a mailed ballot for our 2017 Board of Directors election.
If you did not receive a ballot, please contact
If you are attending the meeting/picnic, please bring the filled-out ballot with you, to vote and be counted.
If you are not attending, PLEASE fill it out and mail it prior to August 14.
Election information follows, FYI.
Board composition: The Board of Directors is composed of up to fifteen members each with three-year, rotating terms. Board membership is geographically distributed so that at least two Directors reside in and represent each of the three counties with jurisdiction that includes Cayuga Lake (Cayuga, Seneca and Tompkins). There are seven members whose terms extend into 2018, one each representing Cayuga and Seneca Counties and the rest from Tompkins County.
Current Board members seeking renewal:
Penney Cook, Aurora (Cayuga County)
Eric Devin, Aurora (Cayuga County)
Bill Ebert, Seneca Falls (Seneca County)
Deb Grantham, Ithaca (Tompkins County)
Patricia Haines Gooding, Ithaca (Tompkins County)
Prospective new Board members:
Paul Closs, Ithaca (Tompkins County): Mr. Closs is a 15-year Tompkins County resident who has been extensively involved in the water sports community, waterside trash cleanups, water sampling, Hydrilla hunting, and other watershed volunteer activities.
Douglas Dixon, Ovid (Seneca County): Dr. Dixon is a fishery and environmental scientist with the Electric Power Research Institute. He has over 30 years of professional experience in aquatic ecology, fisheries science, and environmental impact assessment and is a Cayuga Lake shoreline resident.
David Wolfe, Lansing (Tompkins County): Dr. Wolfe is a professor of horticulture at Cornell University whose research interests and expertise include climate change adaptation and mitigation for natural and managed ecosystems including water management for farms and gardens. He is a Cayuga Lake shoreline resident.
Nominations from the Floor will be accepted. Please submit names only with the person’s permission.
Thank you for supporting the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network the best way you can - by contributing financially, volunteering time, sharing our news, and following our good work. We are grateful to each of you as we do our best to protect our lake - Cayuga Lake.
Most sincerely,
Hilary Lambert
Steward/Executive Director
Jenn Tufano
Staff, Members/Programs
Patricia Haines
Chair, Board of Directors

Cayuga Lake Watershed Network
POB 348 Aurora NY 13026

“It takes a Network to protect a watershed!”