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The Ups and Downs of Skaneateles Lake

When: Wednesday, March 8th at 7pm
Registration:  (you must register to receive the Zoom link)

Presented by Bill Kappel, USGS Emeritus Scientist

Join Onondaga Cornell Cooperative for a presentation on the “Ups and Downs of Skaneateles Lake.” Lake elevation in Skaneateles Lake is a combination of natural and human actions. This presentation will provide context on Lake elevations over long- and short-term periods of time, and will share information on the natural hydrology of the Lake. This program will also illustrate how Skaneateles Lake is connected to the other Finger Lakes as part of the greater Oswego River Basin, and why that matters for the management of lake elevation.

Questions? Contact Camille Marcotte, Water and Ecology Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension Onondaga County, at or (315) 424-9485 ext.232.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer. This program is presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County. Support for this event comes from the City of Syracuse.

2023 Bob Brower Scientific Symposium 
"Effects of Climate Change on Owasco Lake"

March 11, 2023, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Auburn Public Theater, Auburn, NY
and virtually through Zoom

Resiliency and adaptation are key in adjusting to the impacts of climate change. Plan to attend this Scientific Symposium in Plain English as the professionals touch on a variety of key issues:

Climate Change Impacts in New York: New York State Rises to the Challenge - Mark Lowery, the Assistant Director, Office of Climate Change for the NY State DEC

Status of Owasco Lake - Dr. John Halfman, Professor, Hobart William Smith Colleges, and Research Scientist, Finger Lakes Institute

Behavioral Science of Agricultural Practice Change - Katri Haanterä, Senior Behavioral Scientist, Evidn & Marissa Jordan, Project Liaison Officer, Evidn

A change is going to come, but will we know? The Value of Long-Term Lake Monitoring - Dr. Andrew Brainard, Senior Research Scientist, Upstate Freshwater Institute

Helping our Hemlocks: An Update on Research and Actions to Protect Hemlocks in Skaneateles
Onondaga Cornell Cooperative, with support from City of Syracuse, hosted a presentation on February 22nd sharing research and actions focused on protecting Hemlock trees in the Skaneateles watershed and across NY State from Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA), an invasive insect that kills Hemlocks.

The NYS Hemlock Initiative shared research updates on HWA, including the different biocontrol options. The program also provided an update on the independent work of both Skaneateles Lake Association (click HERE for pdf of SLA's presentation) and Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District in treating Hemlocks in high priority steep ravines in the Skaneateles watershed, on both public and private property. 

As a "foundation" species, hemlocks play a critical ecological role, providing many ecosystem services including protection of water quality. The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is an insect native to Asia that lives and feeds on Hemlock trees. HWA infested trees typically die about 6-20 years after infestation. 

Read recent SLA article on Saving Hemlocks
Hemlock Treatment Areas supported by SLA Legacy Fund
For a list of treatment professionals to support Hemlocks outside of prioritized steep ravines and shoreline banks, click HERE. Contact SLA HERE for additional inquiries.
Support the Legacy Fund Today!
Click image above or HERE to view the 2-22-23 presentation on "Helping Our Hemlocks" with Cornell Cooperative, NYS Hemlock Initiative, and SLA.
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