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Andrew Snell

Owasco Lake Watershed Inspector

Phone: (315) 252-4171 ext. 120  Cell: (315) 427-5188

Fax: (315) 252-1900

24 Hour Emergency Contact: (315) 253-8754

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Web Site: www.owascoinspection.org


The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program (OLWIP) was established in August of 2007 when funding was secured by Senator Nozzolio.  In January of 2008, the City of Auburn and Town of Owasco implemented measures to sustain the program.  Through their efforts, OLWIP is funded by the 44,000 people who rely on safe drinking water from Owasco Lake every day.  These 44,000 people include the municipal water users within the City of Auburn and Town of Owasco, as well as many others in neighboring communities. Currently, these users pay 3 cents per 100 cubic feet or 4 cents per 1,000 gallons of water used.  The average family spends a few dollars per year for the protection of their drinking water.   

The main goal of OLWIP is to inspect areas of the Owasco Lake Watershed to determine concerns that could harm the quality of the water.  OLWIP's regulatory authority is based on the Owasco Lake Watershed Rules and Regulations, which are part of New York State Public Health Law. The Rules and Regulations give OLWIP jurisdiction throughout the entire watershed area.  Some of the aspects that could harm Owasco Lake and its streams include:
It is important for everyone to take responsibility for how their actions at their property can ultimately be detrimental to the health and beauty of Owasco Lake, its streams, and its groundwater sources.  Everyone in the Owasco Lake Watershed can reduce their impact on Owasco Lake, which will protect and preserve it for many generations to come.

In the past, OLWIP has had the priveledge of hiring two Seasonal Watershed Inspectors for 12 weeks at a time. Seasonal Inspectors are typically hired during the busy summer months. This year however, the 2 Inspectors are working during the rainy seasons (March to May, September to December).

Since August 2007, past Head Inspectors and Assistant Seasonal Inspectors have covered several hundred miles by foot, 4x4 vehicle, and watercraft inspecting shorelines, firelanes and streams. Click here to view a list of past and current OLWIP projects. 

Do you live within the boundaries of the Owasco Lake Watershed? View the map here.

Want to know more about what it is we do? Click on the links below to find out!

2011 Annual Report (right-click and 'Save As')

2010 Annual Report (right-click and 'Save As')

2009 Annual Report (right-click and 'Save As')

2008 Annual Report (right-click and 'Save As')

Monthly Reports of OLWIP

And don't forget to check us out on facebook and 'like' our page! This way, you'll keep up to date on all of our latest projects and where we'll be focusing our efforts in the coming weeks. It's also an easy way to contact the Inspection Program with any questions, comments or concerns.
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Download this file (2012_OLWIP_Annual_Report.pdf)2012 Annual Report[ ]10470 Kb