The Seneca County Soil & Water Conservation District has finished the first project partially funded by the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association.
The Sediment, Nutrient and Pollution Reduction program, which was established in 2021 by SLPWA, aims to improve the water quality of Seneca Lake. The project took place at the Boundary Breaks Vineyard in Lodi, which is owned by Bruce Murray.
Murray and the Conservation District requested funding from SLPWA under the SNPR program for the project, which focused on a section of the vineyard that was experiencing erosion problems and was planned for expansion. SLPWA contributed $9,750 towards the project, which had a total cost of $36,939.
The Conservation District proposed the construction of water and sediment control basins uphill from the new vineyard site. These basins will store water during heavy rain events and release it gradually through underground outlets, helping to prevent erosion and reduce flood risk for Lodi homeowners downstream. The town of Lodi is located on a steep slope near Seneca Lake and was heavily affected by flash flooding in 2018, which prompted then-Governor Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency for 12 counties.
The project was made possible with funding from various partners, including SLPWA, the Conservation District, Boundary Breaks Vineyard, and the Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance. It is expected to reduce the amount of sediment entering the lake by eight tons per year.
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