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Blue-Green Algae Blooms

You are receiving this email from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) because blue-green algae blooms are a growing concern and you may receive questions from your community's residents or visitors regarding blue-green algae blooms.

The purpose of this message is to:
1. Make you aware that blue-green algae blooms are a growing concern
2. Ask you to direct community residents and visitors with questions or concerns about blue-green blooms to the information available on DEC's blue-green algae web pages
3. Provide you with information and links to resources if you would like to post something about blue-green algae blooms on your community's website (attached document)

Why is blue-green algae bloom awareness important?
Blue-green algae are a natural part of lakes and rivers, but under certain conditions algae can build-up and form visible blooms. These are called blue-green algae blooms and these blooms can produce toxins that are harmful to people and animals.

What information is available?
  • DEC has a series of web pages dedicated to blue-green algae blooms, including:
  • general information about algae, 
  • health related information and links to more health resources, 
  • impacts to lake environments, 
  • commonly requested information about blooms by individuals and communities, 
  • list and map of waterbodies with a bloom,
  • historical bloom information, and 
  • photo gallery of green and blue-green algae.

Waterbodies with blooms are posted on DEC's website
Waterbodies with blue-green algae blooms are listed on DEC's Blue-green algae notification webpage. The information is collected through DEC monitoring programs, volunteers and the public reports. The status of blooms at these lakes is updated weekly as additional sampling results and reports are provided to DEC.

Receive weekly updates on blue-green algae blooms
Sign up to the Division of Water's Making Waves email listserve to receive weekly updates on blue-green algae bloom notices in New York waterbodies. Making Waves also provides information about new and important water-related issues, events and news, which could affect your watershed.

Hunting Licenses

Hunting licenses are now available at the Town Hall. Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-4 pm, and Saturdays by appointment. Basic hunting tags are $22. Fishing $25. Bowhunting tags $15. Muzzleloading $15. Turkey permit $10. Trapping $20. Deer Management Permits $10.

Dog Control Officer

The Town of Wayne is currently seeking applicants for the position of Dog Control Officer. This is an on-call, paid position. Annual stipend is $3000/year. Responsibilities include:
  • Enforcement of dog licensing
  • Seize and impound dogs running at large
  • Keep and complete records of dogs seized and disposition of dogs
  • Brings action against any person who has committed any violation of Town Dog Laws
  • Receive complaints of dogs and enforce Town Dog Laws
  • Submit a monthly written report prior to Town Board Meetings
Please contact Beth Mooney, Town Clerk for application and any additional questions.

Dog Census

The Town of Wayne is currently conducting a dog census of all dogs in town. Please be aware that our Dog Control Officer, Elizabeth Kenyon, will be going door to door to count dogs, and to be sure all are properly licensed and registered. Thanks for your cooperation!

Town of Wayne Receives a $22,500.00 Grant

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) in conjunction with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), offers grants to municipalities to help pay for the initial planning of eligible Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) water quality projects. The Town of Wayne applied for this grant (with the assistance of Larson Design Group) to evaluate the feasibility of a localized wastewater collection and treatment system in the Town. In 2008 a feasibility study for the Town of Wayne, specifically in the Sylvan Beach/Waneta Lake area, was completed. This report noted several issues with the existing on-lot septic systems which are causing contaminants in the groundwater and surface water. This grant will be used to evaluate a more effective solution to protect the local drainage area and surface waters. A new wastewater system will help clean up the community by reducing the nutrient loading into Waneta Lake and getting rid of that sewage smell. This is the first step in providing a sustainable future for the Town.   

APA Professional Award

The NY Chapter of the American Planning Association Town of Wayne Land Use Regulations draft.