Thank you for your help in updating the Cayuga Lake Watershed Restoration & Protection Plan. Your individual responses to the online survey are being compiled and used to make recommendations to better protect our lake, creeks, waterfalls, wetlands, streams, land and human and natural communities in the coming era of rapid climate change.

Why public input is important: Your ideas and concerns will be part of the updated plan! An updated Restoration & Protection Plan will help lake municipalities improve water quality, and will assist them in applying for funding to repair and upgrade water projects in towns and villages around the lake. Your input will provide guidance to our communities on how to protect our lake and creeks over the next ten years or longer.

A team of experts is updating the technical parts of the plan, guided by a committee made up of members of the public from around the lake. The Intermunicipal Organization (IO), formed in 1999 to help Cayuga Lake communities work together to protect the lake and its watershed, is leading this planning effort. The original 2001 plan, formally named the Cayuga Lake Watershed Restoration and Protection Plan, can be viewed online here: http://www.cayugawatershed.org/. This plan is funded by the NYS Department of State through the Title 11 Environmental Protection Fund.

When you will know what’s in the updated Plan:                                                                           A public meeting will be held in November 2016 to present the results developed from public and expert input. The updated Plan is scheduled to be submitted to the NYS Department of State in early 2017.