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FLLT Secures Easement for 86 Acres of Skaneateles Watershed


A conservation easement will permanently protect 86 acres of the Skaneateles Lake watershed.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Finger Lakes Land Trust have announced the easement will help protect the water quality of the lake which serves as the drinking water source for Syracuse and its neighboring communities.

Fox Run Farm is owned by Pat and Jessica Danial and contains contains two streams which drain into Skaneateles Lake. Thanks to the easement, an 18-acre environmental protection zone will buffer the streams, preventing contaminants from entering into the lake.

“In the Skaneateles watershed and across New York State, DEC and our partners are committed to protecting drinking water at the source,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “Through our collaboration with the Finger Lakes Land Trust and local landowners, we are helping protect the watershed for a critical drinking water source that serves an estimated 192,000 people in Central New York.”

“Completion of this project is a significant win for Skaneateles Lake and the drinking water supply for the City of Syracuse,” said Finger Lakes Land Trust Executive Director Andrew Zepp. “The conservation easement will provide for enhanced buffers to the lake and we are grateful to the landowners and New York State for their support and partnership.”

“We’re excited to announce our support for the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s hard work in protecting the Skaneateles Lake watershed,” said landowner Pat Danial. “Through the placement of a conservation easement on our farm, we’re taking another small step towards ensuring the long-term health and vibrancy of the area. As members of the local community, we feel a deep responsibility to preserve the natural beauty of our lake and to safeguard its resources for future generations.”

The trust was awarded $1.69-million from the DEC to support four source water protection projects, including this easement.


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