September 17,, 2021 — UPDATE — Well, no weeds were harvested in Blind Sodus Bay in 2021…maybe next year? On September 17, the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD for those who in the know) invited representatives from the 4 Bays (Sodus, East, Port and Blind Sodus) along with leadership of the WCSWCD and the Towns of Wolcott and Huron to review the current state of the mechanical weed harvesting program. The goal is to create a better, multi-year program. This initial meeting focused on gathering input on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the current situation. As you might guess, the weaknesses and opportunities are where improvements might be made. Further discussions and planning will take place over the winter and perhaps there will be improvements in 2022.
June 25, 2021 — You may have seen the weed machine working in Fair Haven Bay, that is Cayuga County. Wayne County has started weed removal in Sodus Bay and has planned for Port Bay in the coming weeks. What about Blind Sodus?
President Mike Borrelli heard from Wayne County Soil and Water yesterday that they are evaluating the weed situation in Blind Sodus Bay but also need to secure access for the machine from the new owners of Holiday Harbor. More updates to come.
On August 27, 2021 the International Joint Commission (IJC) the U.S.-Canadian organization that coordinates management of the Great Lakes and associated rivers, hosted a video conference on current and future water levels throughout the system. You can watch the English language version of the video conference at the link below. It is just over 1 hour long (although you can skip forward and back in the replay) and includes presentations from the boards as well as answers to submitted questions. If you are interested in information and how these people think, check it out.
September 7, 2021– President Mike Borrelli recently received an email on the progress of engineering the new barrier bar for Blind Sodus Bay.
“The engineers from Barton Loguidice visited the barrier bar last week and I received this from Hanna Quigley at Barton Loguidice :
The site visit went well, and we were able to access the barrier bar with kayaks and canoes. We identified existing vegetation species on the barrier, located mature trees to keep, observed locations and depths of submerged vegetation, and counted salvageable root wads on site.
The site visit was valuable to understand the resources available on site. Mature tree locations will help inform design development for the placement of stone. Identification of plant species will help inform the plant schedules for the design so that we make sure to enhance and build upon existing plant communities.
The 60% design package is underway, and anticipated to be completed by the middle of this month. SEQR will be reviewed by the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District at their upcoming board meeting.
Lynn Chatfield, Wolcott Town Supervisor asked that we post the following: Residents of Blind Sodus Bay Water Project Meeting will be held August 3 at 6:00 PM at the Red Creek Conservation Club, 6924 Waters Rd, Red Creek. If you are a resident and would like to become part ofthe County Water system you must sign a petition requesting to be added. Information about the Water Project and associated costs will be discussed at the meeting. The funds have been approved but the Town needs 51% or more participants in order to receive the funding and move forward with the project. The petition to participate will be available at the meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Chatfield, Wolcott Town Supervisor.
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