Area wide Best Practices

Best Practices to Protect Conesus Lake

What is a Best Practice?: A best practice is a technique or method that, through experience and research, has proven to reliably lead to a desired result, and achieves results superior to those achieved by other means. A commitment to using the best practices is a commitment to using all the knowledge and technology at one's disposal to ensure success. 

How are these relevant to us? : Every day our actions within the watershed of Conesus Lake have a significant impact on the overall health of the lake, either positively or negatively. We continue to strive to define and promulgate best practices pertaining to our actions: in the watershed, near the lakeside, and on the water, that will ensure we act in a manner that provides the highest certainty that we are contributing to the health, benefit and improvement of our lake. As each of us, and each of our visitors participate in varying activities from boating, to yardwork, to managing pets; each of us will need to understand the relevant best practices and apply them to our individual lives IF we are committed to protecting the lake.

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2012 Conesus Lake and Watershed Report Card

The 2012 Conesus Lake and Watershed Report Card is now available at .
Residents of the Conesus Lake Watershed and everyone interested in the efforts to preserve Conesus Lake for future generations are encouraged to read the report.
Note: TheConesus Lake Watershed Management Plan (Go to for the complete Plan ) recommends that an annual report be prepared to summarize the status of activities in the watershed, particularly the ongoing efforts to reduce the impact of non-point source pollution. In addition, the report provides a forum for tracking conditions in Conesus Lake and highlighting new information.

CLA Letter to DEC

On November 21, 2011, the Conesus Lake Association sent our comments to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) on horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) as a method of gas extraction from the Marcellus Shale.  The letter reviews our adopted position (March 2011), and our concern about moving forward with permitting prior to the completion of Federal and State research into the implications of hydrofracking on critical water and related land resource issues.  Until the completion of these Government studies, the CLA believes that the current New York State moratorium on hydrofracking should be extended; and no drilling permits issued.  Please contact the CLA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions and concerns.

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When the Conesus Lake Watershed Management Plan (CLWMP) was adopted in 2003, a green light was given to 34 significant action items. One of them was the creation and distribution of a lake-friendly brochure full of “to-do’s” and “not-to-do’s”.

The objective of this brochure – entitled “Conesus Lake Watershed: Is It Worth Protecting?” – was to help all those living in the Conesus Lake watershed better understand what can and should be done to bring the lake back to the way it was centuries ago. OR at least as it was in our great-grandparents’ day.

The 12-page brochure covers a wide range of topics, from best management practices for agriculture to intelligent lawn care, from controlling runoff to dealing with problematic aquatic weeds and algae.

The Conesus Lake Watershed Council, with financial support from a state grant given to the Conesus Lake Association, has ensured that funds were available to print and mail this user-friendly brochure to every household in the watershed, not just to lakeshore residents. The CLA will take the lead in mailing to all those living around the perimeter of Conesus Lake.

CLA member families who have paid their 2005 annual dues by the middle of March 2005 will receive a copy of this brochure along with their 2005 Lake Directory, in April. Families who have not paid their 2005 dues by that date, or lakeshore families who are not CLA members, will receive their copy of the "Conesus Lake: Is It Worth Protecting" brochure by itself. "

The Watershed Management Council and CLA’s objective, to put these brochures in the hands of virtually every homeowner or renter in the watershed in April, will allow everyone to read, digest and then put its many smart ideas into practice this year.

Read the brochure from cover to cover, and keep it handy as a reference. Remember, each one of us in the watershed needs to do our part to preserve the treasure that is Conesus Lake.

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