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The Lake Friendly Living Coalition's Pledge Program

What is The Pledge Program?

To advance pollution and nutrient reduction as well as water conservation in the Owasco Lake Watershed, we have joined a Finger Lakes regional effort to bring together property owners to preserve and protect their watersheds with a collective voice.

   

Many homeowners that have joined the Lake Friendly Living Coalition’s Pledge Program are incorporating Lake Friendly Living practices to reduce their impacts on Owasco Lake, and are displaying a free Lake Friendly Living lawn sign.

   

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These residents are pioneers in watershed management, and we would be proud to see you join the Pledge Program, and incorporate the use of Lake Friendly land care.

Why join The Pledge Program?

As watershed locals, we share a responsibility in protecting Owasco Lake as a drinking water source, economic driver, and a recreational resource for generations to come.

 

Owasco Lake has increasingly experienced Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), in part due to nutrient additions that promote the growth of Cyanobacteria. HABs can reduce property values, inhibit recreational opportunities, and degrade water quality.

Every homeowner's lawn fertilizer within the Owasco Lake Watershed drains to the lake through runoff after rain events.​

 

We recommend that watershed residents explore and start utilizing native grasses and gardens that prosper without the need for fertilizer and chemical additives.

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How do I Join

The Lake Friendly Living Coalition's Pledge Program?

If you are within the Owasco Lake Watershed, please click the button below to be directed to our Pledge Program.

We are incredibly grateful that you have decided to join the Pledge Program. Thank you for protecting Owasco Lake as a drinking water source, economic driver, and recreational resource through land and water stewardship.

If you are not within the Owasco Lake Watershed, and would like to access information about your specific watershed along with resources to join the Lake Friendly Living Coalition's Pledge Program, please click on the links or logos below to be directed to your watershed's initiatives for Lake Friendly Living.

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Additional information on the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council's involvement in the Lake Friendly Living Coalition of the Finger Lakes can be found on their website.

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Shared Responses from those who joined The Pledge Program:

"I've always said that lawn fertilizers were harmful. We haven't used them for years."

 

—  Anonymous

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Lake Friendly Living Awareness Week

The Lake Friendly Living Coalition of the Finger Lakes is offering free virtual educational sessions and resources to all who live in the Finger Lakes Region.

 

Experts will present throughout the week (May 2nd to May 8th) on topics that are designed to inform and empower watershed residents to make changes that help protect their lake.

For information on the event schedule, registration, and speakers, please click "LEARN MORE," below.