Seneca-Keuka Watershed 9E Plan public outreach session Feb. 3

Seneca-Keuka Watershed Partnership

The third of four public outreach sessions will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 and will be virtual only

Keuka Lake and the Keuka Lake Outlet in the foreground, with Seneca Lake in the background, are the subject of a watershed plan partnership to create a 9-Element Plan.
Seneca-Keuka Watershed Partnership

SENECA, KEUKA LAKES — Wherever you live, work, or play, you are in a watershed, and how you spend your day can have an impact on all life within that watershed. Since 2017, a group of volunteers, local officials, and consultants have been working on a plan to protect Keuka and Seneca lakes, which share a watershed that spans six counties and contains more than half of the water in the Finger Lakes Region.

Progress on the Nine Element Plan (9E) for the Seneca-Keuka Watershed will be the topic of a virtual public outreach session at 10 a.m. Feb. 3. The 9E is a roadmap to help us improve our understanding of this impact and find a way forward together. 

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The previous session (available at focused on the characterization of current conditions and trends in the watershed, as well as our initial efforts at identify actions for improving water quality. In this upcoming session we will be discussing how the characterization, feedback on recommended actions and model projections on the impact of certain actions can be combined to develop and refine a strategy to effectively prioritize and implement actions.

The Keuka and Seneca Lake watershed.

The project is sponsored with funding provided by the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund. Additional funding is provided by Seneca Watershed Intermunicipal Organization, Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative, Keuka Lake Association, The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Seneca County, Schuyler County, Ontario County, Yates County, Steuben County, and Corning Inc.

The Seneca-Keuka Watershed Partnership Executive Committee includes Mark Venuti (Seneca Watershed Intermunicipal Organization), Dan Corbett (Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association), Steve Butchko (Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative), and Mark Morris (Keuka Lake Association) with Advisors Lisa Cleckner (Finger Lakes Institute), Ian Smith (Seneca Lake Watershed Steward), Colby Petersen (Keuka Watershed Manager) and Administrator Betsy Landre (Ontario County Planning Department)

"We thank you for your continued interest and input on this project," say Ian Smith, Seneca Watershed Steward, and Colby Petersen, Keuka Watershed Manager.

For more information about the Seneca-Keuka Watershed Partnership, contact Ian Smith at 315-781-4559 or, or Colby Petersen at 315-536-5188 or