Honeoye Valley Association


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  • September 08, 2015 11:59 AM | Dan Lalonde (Administrator)

    The September yard waste day saw light participation. Both the Richmond and Canadice brush pits were open with staff on hand to assist residents dropping off their yard waste.

    The next yard waste days will be November 7 and 14, 2015.

    We encourage everyone to take advantage of these special days to properly dispose of yard waste and prevent the waste from entering the lake.

  • September 08, 2015 11:14 AM | Dan Lalonde (Administrator)

    On Saturday, September 5, food and cash donations were accepted at the Richmond Town Hall and the Shurfine store in Richmond.

    Over 829 pounds of food and over $625 cash were collected. We want to thank all those who were able to donate! 

    As a reminder, the Food Bank , which is located at the UCC church on Main Street, RT 20A. They have a website that list their dates of operations and contact information. Please contact them to see what they need and donate throughout the year. The food bank operates year round and needs your help!

    The HVA will hold a food drive again next Labor Day weekend. Look for our announcements.

  • July 28, 2015 4:17 PM | Dan Lalonde (Administrator)

    Update July 27, 2015: Blue Green Algae Seminar August 5 at HWS, Geneva

    Interested in learning more about blue green algae and harmful algal blooms (HABS)? Copy this link into your browser for information on an upcoming educational opportunity close to home in Ontario County.


    OR request program/registration information from: vineek@corning.com

  • July 28, 2015 4:15 PM | Dan Lalonde (Administrator)

    Update July 28, 2015. Harvester launched to work at town park.

    Sandy Bottom Beach was closed today due to an algal bloom, but is scheduled to reopen tomorrow. The area west of the swimming beach is clogged today with floating vegetation blown in from south winds. Working with the Town of Richmond, our crew will use the harvester to skim up and remove as much vegetation as is practical. This is different from harvesting or cutting vegetation, where the harvester cutting bar is dropped down into the water to a maximum 6'-9" to cut rooted plants. In skimming operations, the machine moves slowly through the water with the cutting bar dropped just a few inches into the water to capture or skim up lightweight materials on or near the surface of the lake. This work is being performed in an attempt to improve conditions for recreational uses at the north end. Sediments stirred up temporarily by paddlewheels will settle out after a few hours in calm water, taking longer if there is a lot of wave action.

    Nutrients, sunlight and temperature are now at levels to support seasonal algae growth in Honeoye Lake, but bloom conditions can change very quickly, especially with wind and currents. Our current goal is to remove floating mats of vegetation as well as material at shore that may prevent circulation and negatively impact the public swimming beach.

  • June 01, 2015 10:09 AM | Dan Lalonde (Administrator)
    NYS is now offering at least two online courses for the Boating Safety Certificate.

    Click here to see more details about how to register and take the courses

    -----> NYS Boater Safety Course Available Onlline

    Remember that following safe boating rules and guidelines not only increases the enjoyment of the lake but also helps the lake health!

  • May 19, 2015 6:11 PM | Dan Lalonde (Administrator)

    Thank you to Ed Jackson for sharing his perspective on Tom's, and his wife Marcia's, contributions to Honeoye Lake:

    "Honeoye Lake lost an advocate and a friend on May 17. Tom Young spent his almost 80 years enjoying as well as working to protect Honeoye Lake for future generations. Whether it was swimming, boating, or whatever, life for Tom revolved around Honeoye Lake. He enjoyed Honeoye from childhood and retired here with Marcia. He was part of the lake associations serving most recently as a board member of the Honeoye Valley Association for the better part of 20 years. His wealth of knowledge about the history and people of the Honeoye Valley was at times educational, interesting, or humorous and sometimes all three. When people from organizations such as The Nature Conservancy or Genesee / Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council wanted to learn more about Honeoye Lake for grant applications or just general information, often Tom and Marcia would take them around the lake on their pontoon boat sharing their vast knowledge. When they would come back for a second visit I wasn’t sure if it was for more information or for Tom’s sense of humor. I, as well as Honeoye Lake, lost a true friend. "

    We are sure many knew Tom and his contributions. He will be missed.

  • April 25, 2015 10:52 AM | Dan Lalonde (Administrator)

    An approved course of instruction includes at least 8-hours of classroom training and a proctored examination. Students must be at least 10 years of age to take a course. Age and education requirements for personal watercraft operators remain unchanged.

    Motor Boat Education Requirements:

    • Any operator under 18 without a safety certificate must be accompanied on the vessel by someone at least 18 who holds a certificate if required by age, or someone at least 18 who is not required to hold a certificate.
    • An operator 18 or older who is required to hold a certificate but does not, may operate a motorboat if accompanied by someone else over 18 who holds a safety certificate.
    • The owner of a recently purchased motor boat, if legally required to hold a boating safety certificate, may operate such vessel without the required certificate for a period of time not to exceed 120 days from purchase.
    • Persons 18 years of age or older may rent a vessel without holding a safety certificate, provided the operator of the livery holds a certificate, demonstrates the use of the vessel, and the person renting the vessel demonstrates their understanding of the vessels operation in return. Those under the age of 18 must have a safety certificate in order to rent a vessel.

    Motor Boat Operators Exempted From Having To Hold A Boating Safety Certificate:

    • Persons born before May 1, 1996
    • Certified New York Safe Boating Instructors
    • Members of the USCG Auxiliary or US Power Squadron
    • Persons licensed by NYS Parks, the United States Coast Guard or Canadian Coast Guard to operate commercial vessels
    • Police officers, peace officers, fire and rescue personnel, and life guards when acting pursuant to assigned duties
    • A resident of another state or country who is the holder of a valid boating safety certificate issued according to the laws of their home state or country

    Livingston County:

    May 2  May course

    June 20  June course

    july 25   July course

    Ontario County:

    Ontario County

  • September 09, 2014 6:59 PM | Dan Lalonde (Administrator)

     State of New York | Executive Chamber
    Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor
    For Immediate Release: September 2, 2014


    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation prohibiting the launch of watercraft in New York State without taking reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. The bill (A9619-B, S7851-B) advances current efforts by the State and private organizations to halt the introduction and spread of invasive aquatic species into New York’s waters.

    “The natural beauty that is found in every corner of New York is second to none, and it is imperative that we do everything possible to protect that from the dangers of invasive species,” Governor Cuomo said. “We all share a responsibility to protect our natural environment, and this legislation helps ensure that all who enjoy New York’s waters will also do their part to limit the spread of different types of aquatic life that would otherwise harm the local ecosystem.”;

    The legislation signed by Governor Cuomo makes it the responsibility of boaters launching watercraft to use common sense when putting in and taking out their boats. Before transportation or launch, the boater should first clean, drain and dry the boat, trailer, and any other exposed equipment of visible plant and animal matter, or have taken other reasonable measures to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. This will help prevent the spread between waterbodies and introduction of invasive species in new waterbodies throughout New York.

    Invasive species are a threat because they have few natural predators in their new environment and can carry harmful diseases. Ultimately, invasives can outcompete native plants and animals and change entire ecosystems. Aquatic invasive species are one of the greatest threats to the State's treasured waterways because once introduced, they are nearly impossible to eradicate and expensive to manage.

    According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, aquatic invasive species seriously threaten economically important industries, such as tourism and fishing. Invasive species cost the U.S. economy an estimated $120 billion per year, and while the State has implemented various programs designed to control the spread of aquatic invasives, it is far more cost-effective to prevent them altogether.

    Senator Tom O'Mara said, “Individual boaters are the front line of defense against the spread of invasive species, and this new initiative offers a straightforward approach asking all boaters to do our part to help protect waterways, regional tourism economies and local jobs. Taking every possible step to stop the spread of destructive invasive species before they take hold is the most cost-effective and common-sense approach to combat this severe threat to the environment and economy of the Finger Lakes and other waterways statewide."

    Assemblymember Barbara Lifton said, “I am very pleased and appreciate the governor signing into law this important piece of legislation. This is a promising new day in our battle against aquatic invasive species that threaten our high-quality water resources and the recreational and economic benefits they provide,”;

    Stuart F. Gruskin, Chief Conservation and External Affairs Officer for The Nature Conservancy in New York, said, "The Nature Conservancy commends Governor Cuomo for signing this important legislation, which will reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species that harm human, economic and environmental health. Each year, invasive species cost our communities millions of dollars. By taking simple and common sense measures to clean, drain and dry our boats we can reduce the spread of these harmful species and protect our fishing, tourism and other water-dependent industries. We appreciate Governor Cuomo's commitment to prevent the spread of invasive species and applaud the bill sponsors Senator Thomas O'Mara and Assemblymember Barbara Lifton for their leadership on this issue in the Legislature."

    Governor Cuomo’s signing of the bill today complements a broad approach by State agencies to combat the spread of invasive species in New York’s waters. The Department of Environmental Conversation this summer adopted regulations similar to this bill that prohibits boats from launching or leaving water access sites on Department of Environmental Conversation land without first taking these precautions. The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation this summer published proposed regulations that would place similar requirements on watercraft using State Parks. Several local municipalities and organizations in the State have already adopted local laws to address the spread of aquatic invasive species, including boat inspection and washing requirements. In 2014, the State adopted the first ever mandatory invasive species inspection programs at all boat launches on Lake George. 

    New York State has invested millions of dollars in response, mitigation and prevention programs to rid the environment of invasive species on water and land. In July, Governor Cuomo announced the State’s first-ever Invasive Species Awareness Week to teach New Yorkers and visitors about the threat that these pests pose to our environment. More information about the State’s efforts to control and rid the environment of invasive species can be found here.

  • September 03, 2014 10:34 PM | Dan Lalonde (Administrator)

    The following text was pulled from MPNEWS today:

    New York state is now requiring boaters to clean their watercraft to fight the spread of invasive species.
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday that instructs boaters to clean, drain and dry their boats to ensure they're not inadvertently transporting invasive plants or animals into a body of water.
    The governor's office says invasive species are "one of the greatest threats" to the state's lakes and waterways because they can out-compete native plants and animals and alter entire ecosystems.
    The state's Department of Environmental Conservation says invasive species cost the national economy an estimated $120 billion a year.

    Read more: MPNEWS article
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