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Cayuga Lake TMDL Outreach

Update 6/23/17: Cayuga Lake and its watershed is a complex system with many nonpoint and point source inputs and in-lake processes that need to be properly evaluated through the use of sophisticated models. DEC is continuing to review the Cayuga Lake Model, address technical questions, and verify model performance with the support of Cornell University, its partners, and the Model Evaluation Group (MEG). Concurrently, DEC is working with EPA to revise the TMDL schedule and an updated timeline will be posted online as soon as possible.

NYSDEC has held a number of public meetings to share information regarding the ongoing Cayuga Lake Modeling Project and related TMDL efforts.  These meetings are scheduled around key project milestones and provide local stakeholders the opportunity to follow progress and offer comments regarding the study and TMDL development, as well as other Cayuga Lake Watershed issues and activities. 

The Cayuga Lake Public & Stakeholder TMDL Outreach Plan (PDF, 127 KB) provides further details about participants and their roles, outreach methods, and a summary of past, recent and planned outreach. 

The Cayuga Lake TMDL Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 88 KB) document provides more specific information about questions frequently asked by stakeholders and the public.

Presentations and Documents from Past Cayuga Lake Modeling Project/TMDL Outreach Meetings
Meeting Date Meeting Type and Topics

Meeting Location

Mar 9, 2016

Public Meeting

The Space @ Greenstar
Ithaca, NY
Oct 22, 2015 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
Nov 5, 2014 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting  Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
July 17, 2014 Public Meeting The Space @ Greenstar
Ithaca, NY
May 19, 2014 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting NYSDEC
Albany, NY
Apr 5, 2014 Other Meeting - Cayuga Watershed Network Spring Meeting  Wells College
Aurora, NY
Jan 15, 2014 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting Ramamda Inn
Ithaca, NY
Dec 3, 2013 Public Meeting Boynton Middle School
Ithaca, NY
June 12, 2013 Public Meeting Boynton Middle School
Ithaca, NY

Looking Ahead

Future outreach meetings will focus on the development of the Cayuga Lake Phosphorus TMDL and will be scheduled and announced as progress on the TMDL advances. A Draft TMDL is expected to be released for public review in 2017.

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