Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agricultural Program
The Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agricultural program (SLWAP) is designed to keep pollutants from running off farms into the lake’s tributaries. The SLWAP program was initiated in 1994 when the City formed a partnership with the County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
The objective of the program is to carry out voluntary, cost-effective Whole Farm Planning programs to reduce the risk of soil erosion and water pollution from agricultural land. Through March of 2008, 43 farms are enrolled in the program, representing a 90% participation rate. SLWAP has fully implemented Whole Farm Plans for thirty of these farms, and anticipates the implementation of ‘Best Management Practices’ on at least seven farms during the 2008 construction season.
For more information about SLWAP:
Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agricultural Program Office
6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway
Liverpool, NY 13088
*The SLWAP Office is located on the upper floor of the Saint Marie Among the Iroquois Museum on Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool.
SLWAP Web Site: http://www.ocswcd.org/slwap.html