LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Chip Holt Nature Center will serve as a platform for three experts to talk about responsible land use and nutrient flows that affect Conesus Lake.
Specifically, the talk will focus on excessive plant growth on the lake, a topic which might conjure images of the blankets of toxic blue-green algae seen at the north end of the lake in recent years. The talk is free and open to the public on Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Chip Holt Nature Center in Vitale Park.
“Land use and nutrient flows impact our lake and can lead to excessive and unwanted plant growth,” says the press release. “Best management practices will be shared that we can all put into use.”
The speakers come from three separate areas of expertise that all trickle down to the lake. Dr. Willard Harman is SUNY Oneonta’s Biological Field Station Director and Rufus J. Thayer Chair for Otsego Lake Research. Heather Ferrero is Deputy Planning Director of the Livingston County Planning Department, which makes recommendations on development projects to minimize impact to the lake and lake residents. Emily Staychock, is an Educator on Invasive Species and Watersheds for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County.
Pre-registration is recommended by calling the Livingston County Health Department at (585)243-7280 to reserve a spot.
The lake is a lush biological garden with thousands of species passionately surviving every day. The open water is a popular boating, fishing and waterskiiing destination, the inlet at its southern tip is a kayakers and birdwatcher’s paradise, and the whole lake is a critical drinking water source for thousands of residents in surrounding towns.