Watershed Management

Planning and Implementing Strategies to Clean Our Yards, Our Streams, Our Lake 

     KLWA has formed a Lake Management Committee to carry out one of the mandates approved by the community on January 31, 2009 at Mahopac Public Library.  
     A group of volunteers, including several KLWA board members, met Saturday, August 29, 2009 at the Mahopac Public Library. Using a process developed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Federation of Lake Associations, and the North American Lake Management Society, KLWA's committee is  beginning the long process of establishing its own lake management plan.
     Here is a brief summary of the process:

     1.
Build partnerships to include everyone’s concerns.
     2.
Study the watershed to scientifically analyze the
         problems and determine root causes.
     3. Set goals and choose management techniques.
     4. Design an implementation plan.
     5. Implement the watershed plan.
     6. Measure progress and make adjustments along the way.

     The committee agreed to simultaneously work on steps 1 and 2. Subcommittees were formed to carry out that work.
     "This is a great start to a long-term process that is vital to the health of our watershed," said Joe Montuori, KLWA President. "The involvement of community members will make this work affordable, as well as efffective. And the scientific data we'll compile is essential to choose the appropriate strategies and monitor conditions to learn whether our actions are having a beneficial impact."
     In 2009, the Committee completed a survey of lake area residents to solicit additional concerns and ideas. The results can be found here.
     Another project undertaken involves the gathering of all available data about Kirk Lake Water quality.  A number of studies have been done over the years, and NYC DEP routinely takes several key measurements of water quality. That data has now been gathered, and is being analyzed by Allied Biological and KLWA's consultant, Jim Sutherland.  
    KLWA is now at step 3. We have a management plan, developed by Jim Sutherland, a retired NYS Department of Environmental Conservation scientist.