Date: 1/10/21 6:47 am From: Nita L. Irby <nli2...> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Conservation Board Resolution Recommending Preservation of Dryden Lake Dam
It is my understanding that the posted resolution is from the Dryden Conservation Board and was sent to the Dryden Town Board. Our support is still needed.
Per an inquiry to the Conservation Board last Fall, letters or petitions supporting the preservation of Dryden Lake should be sent to:
the Town of Dryden Board at 93 East Main Street Dryden NY 13053 ( Town Supervisor- Jason Leifer <Supervisor...>)
And, more importantly, to:
the local Dept of Environmental Conservation Office in Cortland (1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland NY 13045). Unfortunately I don’t have a contact name in the local DEC office (the DEC “owns” the lake and the dam).
Regarding water quality in the lake (we have lived on Dryden Lake for 12 years): water quality has markedly improved IMO over the last 10 - 12 years. Yes, there is algae in the summer (as there is in most all of our small and large local lakes recently) but I have never noticed offensive odors anywhere near the lake. The heavy plant growth noted in the DEC fisheries survey <https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/61245.html> has markedly improved, I assume related to the booming carp population. Fishing is excellent, winter and summer (some huge large mouth bass plus bluegill, sunfish, crappie, perch, etc). Birding, as all of you know, is really terrific (GH owls, bald eagles, osprey and many more nest nearby and so many other birds are on or around the lake seasonally). Lots of mammals have been spotted nearby, including coyote, fox, fisher, mink, ermine, beaver (population exploding☹️), and more. Canoeing and kayaking are popular seasonally. The lake is a high-wind area and winter “para-skating / para-boarding / para-skiing” are very popular (15+ children with parents sailing around the lake just yesterday). Local sky-watchers love the area at night.
All of the above would appreciate any support that you have time to give to Dryden Lake. I have no idea how to organize an online petition - maybe someone reading this does - but snail mail still carries a lot of weight, too.
From: <bounce-125276874-69308593...> <bounce-125276874-69308593...> on behalf of Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Sent: Saturday, January 9, 2021 8:20:31 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Conservation Board Resolution Recommending Preservation of Dryden Lake Dam
Is this DRAFT resolution the thing which we need to write to the board about our support right away, or has it already been passed, such that we can relax or take some next step?
On Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 3:05 PM Regi Teasley <rltcayuga...><mailto:<rltcayuga...>> wrote:
I would love to see birders, as birders, taking an active role in supporting local environmental protection.
“The future of the world is nuts.” Philip Rutter, founder of the American Chestnut Foundation
Good news...losing Dryden Lake would be a tragedy for wildlife and humans alike. If/when the expected grumbling about finding the needed funds and how that would affect local taxes comes up, this should be a project that the local birding community could support financially?
Dryden Conservation Board Resolution Recommending Preservation of Dryden Lake Dam
Whereas there has been a dam at Dryden Lake Dryden, NY since circa 1801; and
Whereas the body of water known as Dryden Lake, created by the building of the dam, has provided numerous benefits to the citizens of the Town of Dryden and surrounding areas for over two hundred years, with its benefits changing and expanding over two plus centuries; and
Whereas the lake originally provided power for a sawmill and ice harvesting, it created additional waterfowl and wildlife habitat that has made the lake today a birding “hot spot” with 228 species observed, providing migratory bird rest areas and nesting and foraging habitat (Canada geese, ducks, loons, herons, Bald Eagles) as well as habitat for numerous mammals, amphibians, turtles, etc; and
Whereas Dryden Lake and its surrounding areas provides many forms of year round recreation for town and surrounding area residents, such as fishing, ice fishing, hiking, jogging, dog walking, biking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing (on the Jim Schug trail), kayaking, canoeing, ice skating, hunting, trapping, bird watching, picnicking, etc; and
Whereas Dryden Lake and its surrounding natural areas are an important educational resource, being used both for formal classes in ecology and natural resources (Cornell University) and informal education of everyone from young children to lifelong education participants; and
Whereas the Town of Dryden currently provides a community park at the Lake under an agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; and
Whereas the Dryden Lake park is a popular location for many community events with the lake being the center piece for those events; and
Whereas the lake has a rich historical and cultural value to the citizens of the town; and
Whereas the NYS DEC is considering the removal of the dam and the elimination of Dryden Lake in the form it has existed for over two hundred years; and
Whereas the Dryden Town Board has requested a recommendation from the Conservation Board on the future of the Dryden Lake dam and ultimately Dryden Lake itself.
Therefore, let it be resolved that the Town of Dryden Conservation Board recommends to the Dryden Town Board that the latter take all necessary action to ensure the preservation of a dam and the body of water known as Dryden Lake, maintaining its current contribution to the recreational and ecological benefits provided to the Dryden community.