Newslinks and Resources for Canandaigua Lake - a Finger Lake and part of the Rochester, NY area's environment
"The fourth largest of the Finger Lakes, Canandaigua Lake is located 29 miles southeast of the city of Rochester. Called by the Indians, The Chosen Place, Canandaigua lies within Ontario and Yates counties. The lake is bordered on the north by the city of Canandaigua, and on the south by the settlement of Woodville." NYS DEC.
It's important to monitor the health of our Finger Lakes, which is a part of our regions environmental health.
- Failing septic systems threaten Canandaigua Lake Experts and watchdogs are tackling a major cause of pollution on the lake More than 700 septic systems along Canandaigua Lake are too close for comfort, according to those charged with ensuring the lake's health. Situated within 200 feet of the lake, the systems not doing their job are at risk of feeding noxious aquatic plants — like this summer’s blue-green algae that was so intense it shuttered beaches and sparked health alerts. While properly functioning systems aren’t a problem, too many fall into the faulty or failing categories and are now the target of lake watchdogs stepping up the fight against lake pollution. Local leaders who make up the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council last week discussed the problem in the form of a draft model local law that communities around the lake could use to zero in on the threat. The law contains a number of recommendations. Towns can adopt the law as is, or modify and adopt their own version. (December 17, 2015) Webster Post [more on Canandaigua Lake in our area]
- Canandaigua Lake plagued by blue-green algae Canandaigua Lake, considered one of the cleanest of the Finger Lakes, continues to be plagued by blue-green algae and by streaks and patches of white foam. The foam, which likely has natural origins, has appeared on the lake before. So has blue-green algae — but never to the extent it does now. The organism, which actually is a form of bacteria, has been spreading through various parts of Canandaigua Lake for three weeks. A report from the lake's watershed manager on Wednesday said "multiple" algal blooms were present in the lake, including at the north and south ends. (September 18, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [more on Water Quality and Canandaigua Lake in our area]
- Will Canandaigua Lake algae put damper on holiday weekend? Kershaw Beach was closed Thursday for precautions after blue-green algae was confirmed on Canandaigua Lake Just as people are looking forward to the Labor Day weekend, Canandaigua Lake has joined the ranks of waterways statewide with blue-green algae. In the Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake last month had its first confirmed blue-green algae bloom and Honeoye Lake has visible patches of the noxious substance. Now, samples tested this week on Canandaigua Lake have confirmed the presence of blue-green algae. Samples from Canandaigua Lake are undergoing further analysis to determine whether the algae is producing a toxin that can be harmful to humans and other animals, according to the blue-green algae advisory posted by the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council. Those results are expected to be available Friday. (September 3, 2015) Fairport-East Rochester Post [more on Water Quality and Canandaigua Lake in our area]
- Boost sought for Canandaigua Lake protection from invasive species Watershed council plans to pay boat stewards who check Canandaigua Lake watercraft CANANDAIGUA — A volunteer program launched last summer that aimed to keep certain invasive species out of Canandaigua Lake and limit others already found in its waters might be ramped up this coming boating season. The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council is seeking $3,000 each from the city and town of Canandaigua as well as the town of Gorham to help pay the boat stewards who inspect watercraft and remove aquatic invasive species from them. The funding this year will help the program be sustainable beyond 2015, according to Kevin Olvany, watershed manager for the council. A big push is on to prevent hydrilla — a pervasive and resilient plant introduced to the country through the aquarium trade — from entering the lake, Olvany told members of City Council’s Environmental Committee Jan. 13. (January 19, 2015) Gates-Chili Post [more on Invasive Species and Canandaigua Lake in our area]
- Gift preserves woods around High Tor near Canandaigua Lake Conservation easement will protect 118 acres near Canandaigua Lake A donation by a Connecticut resident and seasonal visitor to the Finger Lakes will preserve 181 acres surrounding the state High Tor Wildlife Management Area near Canandaigua Lake. The conservation easement Philip Cusick donated to the Finger Lakes Land Trust will preserve the woodlands sharing 2,385 feet of boundary with High Tor — a protected area of 6,100 acres of public conservation land. “This is a wonderful gift,” stated Land Trust Executive Director Andrew Zepp in a release announcing the donation. “Protection of this land will secure a large contiguous block of wildlife habitat while also helping ensure Canandaigua Lake’s water quality.” (January 12, 2015) Daily Messenger [more on Canandaigua Lake in our area]
- Canandaigua Lake level up, lake temp down The Canandaigua Lake level Friday morning measured 688.24 feet, up from last year’s level on this date of 687.84 feet. The target level for Aug. 16 is 688.46. Canandaigua waste water treatment facility staff maneuver feeder and outlet gates to help keep the lake level close or at the ideal level. Lake level is measured with a device at the rest room building on City Pier, which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Society. (August 16, 2013) MPNnow.com [more on Canandaigua Lake in our area]
- Expert: Worst fish die-off in years on Canandaigua Lake Canandaigua, N.Y. — With the Fourth of July holiday right around the corner and summer recreation season about to kick into high gear, people are eager to learn what is causing the unusually high number of dead fish washing up on the shores of Canandaigua Lake. “It’s a deathly odor,” said Jan Haynes, who said she has followed the increasing number of dead fish in recent weeks during walks on the docks near her home in Canandaigua on Town Harbor Island. (July 1, 2013) MPNnow.com [more on Canandaigua Lake in our area]
- City of Canandaigua aims to stem leaf pollution in lake - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow MPNnow.com — When it comes to the quality of Canandaigua Lake, there are big concerns, like potential runoff, and then then there are smaller problems — like the leaves in your backyard. (November 22, 2011) Home - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow [more on Canandaigua Lake in our area]
- Worries aside, Canandaigua Lake is healthy - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow Despite the number of dead fish, local officials said there is no cause for alarm. “The overall health of the lake is in pretty good shape,” said Kevin Olvany, program manager of the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council. There are areas of concern, like levels of phosphorus and bacteria in the water, but Olvany said the council regularly tests for such impurities and remains dedicated to maintaining the quality of the lake’s waters. (June 22, 2010) Home - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow [more on Canandaigua Lake in our area]
- Canandaigua council backs lakefront projects - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow Canandaigua, N.Y. — The latest plans for a lakefront hotel have the unanimous support of the City Council. (December 12/09) Home - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow [more on Canandaigua Lake in our area]
- Diesel spill leaks into Canandaigua Lake - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow Canandaigua, N.Y. — A fuel spill last week at the site of the Deuel Road bridge reconstruction near West Lake Road in the town caused as much as 200 gallons of diesel gasoline to leach into the soil, Monteith Creek and Canandaigua Lake. Ontario County officials say the spill occurred Thursday evening, July 30, but a Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council official says it happened no later than Wednesday, July 29. (August 6, 09) Home - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow [
- Canandaigua Lake facing threats from algae, construction | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle But a new report, which Olvany co-wrote, tells of concerns about the lake, including increased algae blooms from elevated phosphorus levels. Although the wide-ranging report describes the overall condition of the lake as "good to excellent," it warns that the trend toward high phosphorus levels "represents a threat to lake health" and calls for "proper land-use controls" to limit runoff containing phosphorus (July 26, 09) Democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York
- Canandaigua: Watershed groups hope to merge - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow Canandaigua, N.Y. — Two community groups dedicated to preserving the Canandaigua Lake watershed will vote Aug. 22 on whether to merge their organizations. With both groups having the same goals, leaders of both groups say it makes sense to pool resources. (July 13, 09) http://www.mpnnow.com/
- Canandaigua Lake dispute just tip of the iceberg - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow Canandaigua, N.Y. — Should an engineer visit a lakefront project site once a week or once a day? Should a geotechnical engineer — a specialist in structural behavior of soil and rocks — approve a lakeside project before it breaks ground? These are just a few of the questions local officials and watershed experts are grappling with as they strive to protect the lake without shutting the door on development. (July 13, 09) http://www.mpnnow.com/
- Report: Lake healthy, but trend troubling - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow Canandaigua, N.Y. — Phosphorus levels have steadily increased in Canandaigua Lake, a new report shows, while Sucker Brook has the highest overall pollution level compared with other streams around the lake. (July 11, 09) - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow
- Algae bloom spreading over Canandaigua lake - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow Canandaigua, N.Y. — The green tinge to parts of Canandaigua Lake these days is due to a form of algae that could clog water treatment filters and give the water a bad smell and taste. Bruce Gilman, botany expert in the conservation department of Finger Lakes Community College, identified it as a species of green algae known by its scientific name, spirogyra. A common name for the algae is mermaid’s hair, he added. (June 22, 09) Home - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow
- Canandaigua to cut back on road salt - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow Canandaigua, N.Y. — The city hopes to save up to $30,000 this year by salting only major streets. In addition to saving cash, officials tout the initiative as a way to reduce run-off into the lake. (Jan 19, 09) Home - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow
- Watchdogs challenge lakefront project - Rochester, NY - MPNnow Canandaigua, N.Y. — The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Alliance and Canandaigua Lake Association — formerly East Shore Association — are appealing to the state’s highest court in hopes of reversing a lower court decision that favored a controversial lakefront development. (Nov 23, 08) - Rochester, NY - MPNnow
- Developer goes back to the drawing board on controversial Corbett's Glen project - Rochester, NY - MPNnow Opponents of a proposed six-story parking garage to be built near the Corbett’s Glen Nature Park may have reason to cheer. (Oct., 6, 08) - Rochester, NY - MPNnow
- MPNnow Lake watchdogs see troubled waters ahead RSS Idyllic Canandaigua Lake, with its clear water and stunning vistas, is a magnet for boaters of all sorts. But is it getting just a little too popular? According to a report on lake boating habits, the answer is yes. (Oct 6, 08) - Rochester, NY - MPNnow
- Pollutants a concern in lake development - Rochester, NY - MPNnow In a keynote at the annual meeting on Saturday for the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Alliance, Dr. Thomas Drennen, environmental economist, warned members that development must be balanced with preservation on Canandaigua Lake to avoid what he calls a tipping point. (Aug 24, 08) - Rochester, NY - MPNnow
- Land trust targets Canandaigua lake - Rochester, NY - MPNnow (Aug 10, 08) - Rochester, NY - MPNnow
- Development of Canandaigua Lake raises concerns over water quality | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle Canandaigua Lake, one of 11 Finger Lakes, has felt the brunt of lakeshore development. Real estate prices have shot up, and Web sites promote the area as second only to Lake Tahoe, Calif., in lakefront property values. (July 1, 08) Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York
- Land purchase protects lake -16-acre plot near Canandaigua's southern tip thwarts development - — A land trust's recent purchase of 16 acres near the south end of Canandaigua Lake is good news for those worried that development is displacing nature. The Finger Lakes Land Trust's purchase has significance that goes beyond the 16 acres because the land had been slated for development and borders the state's High Tor Fish and Wildlife Management Area, 6,100 acres of wooded terrain and marshlands. (March 19, 2007) Democrat & Chronicle
- MPNnow.com: Duckweed clogs shore Meanwhile, blue-green algae has bloomed on the east side of Canandaigua Lake. - CANANDAIGUA — Duckweed has turned portions of Canandaigua Lake into a sea of green confetti. The small, round plant arrived with the rains from Hurricane Ernesto and grew thick at Bob Krokus’ home on West Lake Road. (Sept. 17, 2006) Messenger Post Newspapers
- Full speed ahead for lakefront regs - City leaders must decide - and soon - how tall buildings should be and where parking lots can go. CANANDAIGUA - City leaders want to build an access road behind Parkway Plaza and allow taller buildings on Lakeshore Drive to make the lakefront more attractive to both developers and visitors. Messenger Post Newspapers
- Line forms for lake water - The state will soon review Canandaigua's request to draw more water from the lake, a process that puts other requests on hold. (September 15, 2004) Messenger Post Newspapers
- Lake protection groups consider merger The two organizations on Canandaigua Lake will make a decision at an Aug. 22 meeting. CANANDAIGUA - Leaders of the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Task Force and Canandaigua Lake Pure Waters, Ltd. may merge to cut costs and create a stronger organization. Daily Messenger
- Duck-feeding ordinance in Canandaigua? One resident sides with the DEC that feeding the ducks does more harm than good. CANANDAIGUA - One Canandaigua resident says it's time town officials consider a law that restricts the feeding of waterfowl. (August 14, 2002) Daily Messenger
- Canandaigua Lake is healthier than many other lakes, according to a recent environmental report. The report was concerned, however, about the extent that lakeshore residents contribute to lake pollution, as well as the puzzling white foam that has been spotted along the shore, which has been attributed by some to the decaying of dead zebra mussels. (July 2, 2002) The Town Crier News -- http://www.thetowncrier.com
- Shallow lake level a big concern Wetlands may become exposed and plant life may die if Canandaigua Lake becomes much shallower. (Monday, December 10, 2001) Daily Messenger
- Lake foam may come from dead zebra mussels Officials still have to conduct more tests on the foam floating on Canandaigua Lake. Recent tests in Canandaigua Lake suggests heavy foam buildup may be due to decaying zebra mussels. (Wednesday, September 26, 2001) Daily Messenger
- 'Lake Foam: Yuck' Experts say a white foamy substance is most likely the remains of once-living algae or zooplankton. Large pools of soap-like bubbles have been washing up on the east side of Canandaigua Lake, and some residents say it's the worst they've seen it in years. (Thursday, August 23, 2001) Daily Messenger
- Canandaigua Lake to undergo tests Three high-tech devices will soon be placed in Canandaigua Lake to help determine water quality. CANANDAIGUA - Canandaigua Lake will undergo a new round of tests for pollutants linked to personal watercrafts. (Wednesday, June 6, 2001) Daily Messenger
- Council tackles water quality The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council is taking steps to improve and maintain the quality of the lake and its tributaries. CANANDAIGUA — The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council last week decided to move forward with a plan to install instruments in Canandaigua Lake to collect hydrocarbons — a procedure to determine lake water quality. (April 9, 2001) Canandaigua.com
- Salt use rises in watershed Salt usage has increased each year since 1996 in the Canandaigua Lake watershed. Despite fewer large-scale snow or ice storms, the amount of salt used to clear roadways in the Canandaigua Lake watershed increased by more than 21 percent last year compared to the year before. February 20, 2001) Daily Messenger
- Finger Lakes Land Trust secures lush donation A couple has donated 220 pristine acres that look over Canandaigua Lake. A Canandaigua Lake hillside coveted for its scenic beauty will be preserved for generations due to a private donation. (January 31, 2001) Gates-Chili Post
- Always on the level Department of Public Works personnel daily keep tabs on the level of Canandaigua Lake, controlling the gates to raise or lower the level. (January 30, 2001) Daily Messenger
Jet Skis can stay for now, panel rules A group that studied
the issue opts to focus on education.
CANANDAIGUA — Jet Ski lovers won an important battle this week after a committee decided not to further restrict use of personal watercrafts on Canandaigua Lake. (January 24, 2001) Daily Messenger
- Canandaigua Lake tests OK for pollutants A study of lake sediment reveals low levels of contaminants.
- CANANDAIGUA — A recent test of sediment in three areas of Canandaigua Lake revealed relatively low amounts of pollutants near its northern shore. (October 22, 2000) Canandaigua.com
- State Grant Will Help Save Squaw Island Historic Squaw Island in the middle of Canandaigua Lake is shrinking. In the late 1800s, the island had an area of two acres, but natural and man-made water disturbances have eroded the island down to just an eighth of an acre. (October 13, 2000) RochesterToday
- Conference to tackle Jet Skis issues The Sustainable Watershed Conference will focus on ways local governments can work together to protect the Finger Lakes. (October 9, 2000) Canandaigua.com
signs Jet Ski bill A law allowing local governments to
regulate "Jet Skis" takes effect in 60 days.
Six municipalities along Canandaigua Lake will soon be allowed to develop local laws governing the use of personal watercraft. (September 5, 2000) Canandaigua.com
- Jet Ski Controversy On Canandaigua Lake There is some controversy along the shore of Canandaigua Lake. (September 04, 2000) RochesterToday
- State Health Department officials are warning area residents that they expect an increase in the population of deer ticks throughout Western New York, meaning that Lyme disease could infect many more New Yorkers this year than the 4000 infected last year. 5/17/00-- The Town Crier Canandaigua Area News
- Watercraft foes target Canandaigua Lake --Canandaigua.com
- Stray Hunting Bullet Zips Through A Home A Canandaigua family is fuming after a hunter allegedly fired a shotgun towards their house.--12/19/99 RochesterToday News
A limited supply of bluebird nest boxes are available at the
4H office at 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua. For more information,
please call (716) 394-3977, ext. 10. --The Town Crier
OKs dog law The town of Bristol is trying to put a leash on
its barking dog
- Gilding of Canandaigua Lake Costly facelifts could erode a natural beauty --10/11/99 DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
- Waterpark plan discussed Worries about increased traffic and the safety of children dominated the concerns of residents who spent four hours learning more about the plans for Roseland Waterpark last night. 3/10/00 Canandaigua.com
- Busy Beaver Threaten School There's a beaver colony on the Canandaigua School District property.--3/14/00- RNews
- Damming Beavers It's the beavers versus the Canandaigua School District. --03/15/00 RochesterToday
- Beavers To Stay: The beavers living on Canandaigua School District property have been granted a reprieve.--03/19/00 RochesterToday
- Canandaigua sinks jet-ski races Officials cancel popular lake competition because of fuel pollutants added to water --(March 28, 2000)--DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
- Jet Ski Race Canceled: A popular jet ski race on Canandaigua Lake has been canceled because of concerns about water pollution --03/28/00 RochesterToday
- NO JET SKI RACES There won't be any jet ski races on Canandaigua Lake this summer thanks to concerns that the personal watercraft pollute the water. 3/28/00- Fox Rochester
- New Water Park Vote Tonight We may learn more about a plan to build a new water park in Canandaigua; a vote on the project is expected tonight. (May 25, 2000) RochesterToday
- Naples weighs strip mall NAPLES - About 70 concerned residents listened during a town meeting last night to developers' plans to build a strip mall and hotel complex in Naples. --April 23, 2000 Canandaigua.com
- The installation of a sewer line along the entirety of Routes 5 and 20 from Canandaigua to Geneva has been put on hold by Ontario County officials. 11/15/99 The Town Crier
- Canandaigua might ban boats from city waters The two-stroke engine -- the compact, simple internal combustion engine that powers everything from mopeds to jet skis -- could become machina non grata at Canandaigua Lake. (April 12, 2000) --DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
- Reports of boat ban erroneous A city lawmaker wants the state to regulate boat motor emissions, a move that could have far-reaching implications on Canandaigua Lake and elsewhere since many boaters rely on what some regard as pollution-spewing two-stroke engines.--04/12/00 Daily Messenger.
- CANANDAIGUA BOAT BAN? ONE OF OUR AREA'S BIGGEST TOURIST ATTRACTIONS COULD LOSE ONE OF ITS BIGGEST SELLING POINTS. (April 13, 2000) -FoxFirst.
- Committee Can't Ban Motors On Lake The environmental committee of the Canandaigua City Council met last night, and the possible ban the use of two-stroke engines on Canandaigua Lake was on the agenda. --04/14/00 RochesterToday
- Engine powers jet ski debate Canandaigua joins other communities nationally in arguing about lake pollution (April 16, 2000) --DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE
If you live near Canandaigua Lake perhaps one of these resources can be a way for you to become involved with your lake's health.
- Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council, consisting of publicly elected representatives from each of the fourteen watershed and water purveying municipalities is the lead organization in the protection of the Canandaigua Lake watershed. It is the goal of the Watershed Council to maintain and enhance the high water quality of the Canandaigua Lake watershed through education, research, restoration and if necessary regulation. The Watershed Council strives to cooperate and partner with the various citizen groups along with county, state and federal agencies to more effectively and efficiently implement the plan
- Canandaigua Lake....Our Heritage and Our Responsibility The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Alliance is a non-profit, community-based organization with over 450 members whose purpose is to study, inform and promote methods to conserve, improve and protect the natural resources, water quality and overall environment of the Canandaigua Lake watershed.
- Canandaigua Lake Association Canandaigua Lake Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization whose purpose is to advocate for the protection of Canandaigua Lake, its natural resources, and the surrounding land and property, as well as preserve the local Native American folklore and pioneer history.
- Finger Lakes Home-page Join Us In The Finger Lakes There are 11 beautiful bodies of water that make up the Finger Lakes. Going from West to East they are: Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco.
- Canandaigua Lake -- Complete resource from the NYS Department of Environment.
- Finger Lakes Land Trust: Founded in 1989, the Finger Lakes Land Trust works to protect the natural integrity of the Finger Lakes Region. Our work involves establishing nature preserves, holding conservation easements, educating for responsible stewardship, and working cooperatively with private groups and public agencies. We are a non-profit organization supported by donations from members and grants received from private foundations and government agencies.