CLA Receives Major Donation…

Conesus NY – November 30th, 2021


On behalf of Mark’s Leisure Time Marine and the Bill and Kristin Fenech Foundation we are pleased to announce a major donation to the Conesus Lake Association. 

The Bill and Kristen Fenech Foundation is donating $11,611 to the Conesus Lake Association, and Mark’s Leisure Time Marine is matching that donation of $11,611 for a total of $23,222. 

Bill Fenech is the President and Founder of Barletta Pontoon Boats; his foundation has partnered with charitable groups across the country to support the communities in which they do business.

Mark’s Leisure Time Marine is the local Barletta Pontoon Boat dealer, located at 5364 East Lake Road in Conesus, NY and 4336 Recreation Drive in Canandaigua NY.  

From Bill, Kristin and the entire Barletta team, “We’re thrilled to participate in the many wonderful charities that are important to you and your community to make a positive impact in the lives of others”. 

Zach Meyer Marine Operations Manager for Mark’s Leisure Time Marine is a frequent boater on Conesus Lake, he stated “ We are honored to be able to make this donation to the Conesus Lake  Association, we hope this donation will enhance their environmental conservation efforts to help further protect Conesus Lake”. 

Mark’s Leisure Time Marine will be doing a formal check presentation to the Conesus Lake Association on Thursday December 2nd at 4pm. Location of presentation will be the new Marks Leisure Time Marine Service Facility located at 2979 Lakeville Road, Avon NY 14414. Media are welcome to attend. 


About Mark’s Leisure Time Marine

Mark’s Leisure Time Marine is family owned and operated by the Meyer family.  Since 1981 they have taken pride in their outstanding reputation in the recreation industry and have consistently achieved Top 100 status from Boating Industry, the leading trade publication for the marine industry. Mark’s Leisure Time Marine is also annually awarded the Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Dealer Award.  An award that is presented to dealerships that provide excellent customer service in the categories of sales and marine service.  Mark’s Leisure Time Marine’s full lineup includes Barletta Pontoon Boats along with Mastercraft, Chris Craft, Harris and Bayliner boats.   Mark’s Leisure Time Marine has two locations in the Finger Lakes Region; 5364 East Lake Road in Conesus NY and 4336 Recreation Drive in Canandaigua NY.   Learn more at




DEC Asks For Your Help in Stopping Spread of Invasives

New York State Agencies Encourage Boaters to Help Prevent Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species at Start of Boating Season

New York State Agencies Encourage Boaters to Help Prevent Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species at Start of Boating Season

Collaborative State Boat Steward Program Combats Spread of Invasives

Boat Stewards Alert Boaters to Possible Threats and Decontaminate Boats Coming from High Risk Lakes and Rivers

The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Transportation (DOT) and Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (State Parks) today announced that beginning this weekend, boat stewards will be deployed at nearly 200 locations across the state as part of a collaborative program to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).

“The boat steward partnership program provides a vital function in protecting New York’s waters and raising public awareness about aquatic invaders that could harm the health of our rivers, lakes, and streams, as well as the fish and plants that inhabit them,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership and continued support from the State’s Environmental Protection Fund to fight invasive species, we are continuing to educate the public about the dangers of these invasive species and protect our invaluable natural resources and waters.”

“Aquatic invasive species can ruin boating and fishing trips, reduce shoreline property values and undermine the tourism industry,” State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. “I encourage boaters to learn and practice the simple steps they can take to help prevent invasive species from spreading into New York State waters.”

New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said, “Aquatic invasive species pose a serious threat, which is why the New York State Department of Transportation is working with the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program and our sister agencies to host boat inspection and decontamination stations. We are also continuously locating new ones along state highways, including at the new Adirondack Welcome Center being built on I-87 in Queensbury. Working together with the boating community we will help prevent the spread of these invaders and protect our precious water resources.”

The New York State Department of Transportation is working with the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, DEC, State Parks and local communities to host boat inspection and decontamination stations and help establish new ones along state highways, including at the Adirondack Welcome Center being built on Interstate 87 in Queensbury, Warren County. Locating regional inspection stations on primary travel corridors helps obviate the need to construct and staff stations at individual lakes and streams.

AIS are non-native aquatic plants and animals that can cause environmental and economic harm and harm to human health. Many AIS have been found in the lakes, ponds, and rivers of New York. These plants and animals are often transported from waterbody to waterbody on watercraft and equipment.

Boat stewards are volunteers or paid members of the community that provide boaters and other water recreationists with important information about precautions to reduce the likelihood of spreading AIS. The stewards help people learn how to inspect, clean, drain, and treat watercraft and equipment. Stewards also ask where boaters last launched and can sometimes determine what invasive species are found in the lake or pond visited through the iMapInvasives website.

DEC and State Parks are working with local governments, lake associations, the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) and Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) in taking a frontline defense against invasive species, such as Eurasian watermilfoil and spiny water flea, in waterbodies in the Adirondacks. This effort is funded by the state Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), including $9 million in funding for a five-year management contract with AWI.

Funding for programs in other areas of the state is made up through a combination resources including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and EPF AIS prevention grants. In addition, State Parks has entered a partnership with the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) to place boat stewards at approximately 30 State Parks-owned boat launches across the state.

Since 2008, the number of boat steward programs has been steadily increasing. To date, more than 25 programs are active in the state through Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM), including the Finger Lakes and more recently established in the Lower Hudson Valley, Long Island, the Capital District/Mohawk River area, and Western New York. Many types of organizations pursue boat steward programs, such as lake associations, colleges and universities, non-profits, county soil and water conservation districts, and municipalities. More information about individual programs can be found in the list of Active Watercraft Inspection Programs 2017 (PDF, 1.78 MB).

New York has more than 7,000 lakes, ponds, and rivers that could potentially be exposed to dozens of harmful aquatic invasive species available on DEC’s website. One of the main pathways for transfer of aquatic invasive species between waterbodies is recreational water vehicles (boats, canoes, kayaks, and jet skis). Aquatic invasive plants and animals such as hydrilla, water chestnut, Eurasian watermilfoil, zebra mussels, and Asian clams are easily transported on boats, boat trailers, and recreational gear.

State regulation requires water recreationists to take reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of AIS and New York is expanding boat steward programs across the state, particularly in popular, high-use areas. In-person interactions with boaters, anglers, and other recreational water users raises awareness about aquatic invasive species and practices (cleaning, draining, and treating) that reduce the chance of spreading aquatic invaders.

DEC advises boaters and anglers to check boats, trailers, and other fishing and boating equipment for any plants or animals that may be clinging to it. Be sure to check bunks, rollers, trim tabs and other likely attachment points on boats and trailers. Following a thorough inspection, DEC encourages boaters to follow the CLEAN, DRAIN, and DRY standard:

1. CLEAN boats, trailers and equipment of any debris, and dispose of it in an upland area or receptacle provided for this purpose.

2. DRAIN the boat completely, including bilge areas, live wells and bait wells. Water ski and wake board boat operators should be sure to drain all ballast tanks. Many aquatic invasive species can survive in as little as a drop of water, so it is imperative that all water is removed.

3. DRY all equipment for at least five days before using it in another water body. Longer drying times may be required for difficult to dry equipment or during damp or cool periods. Recommended drying times for various seasons (offsite link) can be found at 100th Meridian Initiative website. Drying is the simplest and most effective way to ensure equipment does not transport plants or animals.

If boating equipment cannot be completely and thoroughly dried, it must be decontaminated prior to use in another water body. Various decontamination techniques and special techniques to clean boats previously used in zebra mussel infested waters are provided on DEC’s website. For a listing of the AIS reported from publicly accessible state waters, visit the DEC boating access directory.

Many resources are available for organizations interested in learning more about what is involved in starting a boat steward program and how to improve upon and expand existing programs. DEC has compiled a variety of useful information for new and existing steward programs, including locations of active boat stewards and boat launches, funding opportunities, and training tools available on DEC’s website.



DEC Recommends Zero Phosphorus Fertilizer to Protect NYS Wa...

DEC Launches Annual “Look for The Zero” Campaign Urging Homeowners to Purchase Phosphorus-Free Lawn Fertilizer.

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Mile-A-Minute Vine Found In Livingston County

Master Gardener: Action urged against Mile a Minute vine



Mile-a-minute vine, or Persicaria perfoliata, has been found in Livingston County, but the state Department of Environmental Gardeners and others who pay a lot of attention to the natural environment can be instrumental in controlling a new invasive plant.

The keys are recognition and removal. Both of these actions are not particularly difficult with this plant.



Information on identifying, preventing and controlling oak

Visit the DEC webpage for more information on identifying, preventing and controlling oak wilt.

Hotline number for reporting, DEC Forest Health, at 1-800-650-0652.

Canandaigua has the closest known location of Oak Wilt.  



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.



Asian Clam


The Asian clam, a non-native invasive species, is a threat to become established in Conesus Lake.



Best Practices

What is it?

A cohesive set of actions designed to educate watershed residents on the impact they have on the lake’s water quality, and to promote lake-friendly residential best practices. Through these actions and programs, we hope to assist and inspire all watershed residents to become proactive stewards of the future health of our lake. All of US … doing our part.



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 with any questions and concerns.




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.