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  • July 17, 2014 10:57 PM | Dan Lalonde (Administrator)

    Want to see how to manage your property in a lake friendly way? The Lake George Association has produced a fantastic document showing how to help protect a lake and watershed. All credit for this goes to the people of Lake George, but the strategies they outline are directly applicable to Honeoye Lake. Click below to see how....

    15 simple strategies for sustainable lakeshores & landscapes to protect Lake George

  • June 30, 2014 9:43 PM | Dan Lalonde (Administrator)

    NYS Conservationist

    My Poor Little Lake


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    From the April 2014 Conservationist My Poor Little Lake By Scott Kishbaugh and Karen Stainbrook Jane and Doug Conroe call Chautauqua Lake home.

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    Blue-Green Algal Bloom Notices


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  • June 21, 2014 9:04 PM | Dan Lalonde (Administrator)

    The HVA board would like to thank all Honeoye residents for their support of this important state legislation.

    This is very good news for all NY lakes including Honeoye. 

    For more details, please go to the following link.

  • June 06, 2014 4:21 PM | Dan Lalonde (Administrator)

    New State Regulations Target Aquatic Invasive Species

    Boaters Using DEC Lands to Launch Boats or Other Watercraft Are Now Required to Clean and Drain Boats Prior to Launch

    As part of an aggressive effort to prevent invasive species from entering and damaging New York water bodies, the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today adopted new regulations that require boaters to remove all visible plant and animal materials from boats, trailers and associated equipment, and to drain boats prior to launching from DEC lands.

    The regulations, which are effective today, pertain to all DEC boat launches, fishing access sites and other DEC lands where watercraft such as boats, kayak or canoes, can be launched into the water.

    "New York State continues to work with its state, local, federal and environmental partners to protect water bodies from destructive invasive species," DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. "Boats, trailers and associated equipment are common pathways for spreading aquatic invasive species. These new regulations will help reinforce the message that boaters need to clean their equipment of any clinging plant and animal materials and drain their boats prior to launching at lands administered by DEC."

    Boaters should take the following steps to ensure that their boat, trailer and equipment are free of aquatic invasive species:

    • Visually inspect the boat, trailer and other fishing and boating equipment and remove all mud, plants and other organisms that might be clinging to it. Materials should be disposed of in one of the Nuisance Invasive Species Disposal Stations installed at many DEC boat launches, in the trash or at an upland location away from the launch ramp.
    • Drain the boat's bilge and any other water holding compartments such as live wells, bait wells and bilge tanks. This does not apply to water associated with sanitary systems or drinking water supplies.

    Drying boats is also highly recommended but is not required under the new regulations. Boaters who are unable to dry their boats between uses should flush the bilge and other water holding compartments with water, preferably at a temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Microscopic larval forms of aquatic invasive species, such as zebra mussels and spiny waterflea, can live in as much as a drop of water. To ensure that these organisms are not accidentally spread, anything holding water should be dried, flushed or disinfected with hot water to ensure that these aquatic invasive species are not spread. Additional information on AIS and disinfection recommendations can be found on the DEC website.

    The new regulations are available on the DEC website.

  • May 28, 2014 9:16 PM | Dan Lalonde (Administrator)

    Thanks to Jack Starke for the following input and opinion about the high water levels in Honeoye Lake and surrounding Richmond areas:

    The  Honeoye Lake level has returned to the level from just before the rapid rise that began from 803.83 on 5/16 12:30 AM and  peaked at 805.29 on 5/17 9;00 AM. That is an increase of 1.56', which is significant.

    To put this in perspective with previous lake high levels, it is the third highest: 1993- 805.4, 1955- 805.6, and the granddaddy of them all during Agnes 1972- 806.5. Since the water rose so rapidly I also looked at our lake level data since 2005 and there were three occasions in the 10 years where the lake level increased by over a foot in a short period of time in 2005, 2007, and 2010. The unique aspect of this years event was the timing. All of the other rapid increases in lake level were in March-April timeframe during snow melt and spring rains when no one's dock was underwater, so that it happened largely unnoticed. Hence, this years storm event was significant, but not unprecedented.

    Since the weir is at 803.5 it in no way impeded the flow. This was a significant wide area  storm which caused significant flooding in both Penfield and Penn Yan.The precipitation was 2.5 inches  on 5/16 as measured at the Ontario County Sewer plant in Honeoye. The widespread precipitation over the the Honeoye Lake watershed in addition to all of the surrounding watersheds just overwhelmed the ability of Honeoye Creek and the Genesee River to handle this amount of water. This was evident in the first day of the storm when the intersection of CR37 at the junkyard was flooded, which has not happened since CR 37 was rebuilt a couple of years.

    I know there are plans to clean out the outlet stream north of Rt. 20A and this is certainly a good thing to do.Although I don't have any proof, it may have impeded   flow several days after the start of the storm. I have seen a picture of a bulldozer that must have been at least 8' tall going under the bridge the last time it was cleaned out. I don't think it would fit today. 

    This is my take on the lake level response to this recent storm, but I am not an expert in hydrology. OCSWCD andNYS-DEC might be a source for a more educated explanation.
  • May 27, 2014 6:11 PM | Dan Lalonde (Administrator)

    Click on the JOIN US link on the left to support the efforts of the HVA.  Because this is a new, online database, we are asking that all members and new members to join as *NEW* members.  


    Note: We are using PayPal as the credit card processor. If you have a PayPal account, log in and process the payment. If you do not have a PayPal account, Select the CHECKOUT AS A GUEST option and proceed to pay.

  • May 23, 2014 9:35 AM | Dan Lalonde (Administrator)

    The Town of Richmond has been granted a USRDA grant and low interest loan for the East Lake Road Water Project.


    The full excerpt is below. The gist was that Richmond was granted a $1.4M grant and a low interest loan from the US Rural Development federal government agency. This will be used to provide Monroe County Water Authority water. The construction is is start in the fall of 2014. See the Richmond town web site for more details about the water project.



    To read the details of the grant and loan go to the attached link:


  • May 22, 2014 9:24 PM | Dan Lalonde (Administrator)

    The recent rains are finally subsiding! The lake level peaked at 805.28 Ft above sea level. The highest recorded level was during Hurricane Agnes where the lake reached 806.5 feet. The only other peak was in 1993 where the lake reached 805.4.


    As of 5/20, the lake level is approximately 804.6 ft. The level has reduced about .6 ft since the peak.


    For those who are graphically inclined - see the pdf document below courtesy of Jack Starke


    lake level.pdf


    For more current lake level data including a history of the lake levels, go to http://HVAWEB.org

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