The Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council has agreed to add an additional voting representative from the City of Auburn to the watershed inspection committee. Owasco Town Manager and council chair Ed Wagner told City Council Thursday night adding a senior city staffer will strengthen the effort to protect the lake.
City Council also heard from GHD engineer Steve Waldvogel, who said the powder activated carbon system installed in the Emerson Park pumping station last summer to combat cyanotoxins did its job so well the city should buy it.
City Clerk Chuck Mason said on Friday’s Finger Lakes Morning News the price tag of buying the unit, making some changes and adding upgrades would be about $700,000, but the city’s share could be much less.
The additions include building a storage facility for the powder activated carbon and purchasing additional equipment for water testing and monitoring.