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Who We Are

Skaneateles Lake Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation and a member of the New York State Federation of Lake Associations and the Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance(FLRWA). Nov 1st 2014


  •  In 1969, the Skaneateles Lake Pure Water Association, Inc. was incorporated to protect and preserve Skaneateles Lake and its watershed.

  •  In 1971 it received federal tax exempt status under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

  •  In 1992 the Tri County Skaneateles Lake Association, an unincorporated association, was formed to continue and expand the work of the corporation.

  •  In 1999, these entities were merged and an amendment was filed with the State of New York changing the name to the Tri County Skaneateles Lake Pure Water Association, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation. Our tax exempt status was continued and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

  • In January 2011, the Board of Directors of the Tri-County Skaneateles Lake Pure Water Association, Inc voted to change its name to the Skaneateles Lake Association, Inc. and legally assume Tri-County’s tax-exempt status.


  •  To take all action necessary to protect and improve the water quality of Skaneateles Lake and to protect and improve its watershed.

  •  To promote environmentally and aesthetically sound regional management of Skaneateles Lake and its watershed by encouraging cooperation among the Skaneateles Lake watershed municipalities.

  •  To engage in activities appropriate to further the purposes of the corporation including public education, community organizing, fund-raising, publicity, working with village, town, county, state and federal officials.


  •  Unburned fuel discharged from two-cycle outboard engines posed a threat to the water quality of the lake. Action was taken against the makers of such engines to encourage them to shift to four cycle engines and avoid such discharge.

  •  Record low water level of the lake posed a threat to the waivers granted to the City of Syracuse and Village of Skaneateles from the requirement for filtration. Actions taken by Tri County resulted in the establishment of a lake level management program. This program correlates lake levels with flow reduction and is part of the filtration avoidance program.

  •  Low lake levels are only one threat facing Skaneateles Lake. The lake, one of the world's cleanest, is exposed to pesticides, nutrients, invasive species and sediment in the runoff.

  • An aggressive invasive plant, Eurasian Watermilfoil, became established in the lake and in 2006 was beginning a period of explosive growth. The Association appealed to the community for financial support and by using a combination of hand-pulling and benthic matting reduced the milfoil population to controllable levels.
The source of these threats range from faulty septic systems, chemical lawn treatments, hazardous waste trucks and agricultural pathogens to contamination carried on boats and trailers that enter the lake. All of these threats are occurring and continue to cause a deterioration of our pristine water.


Our goal is to promote awareness of the threats to the lake and its watershed among the residents, government agencies and others using the lake. If all interested parties become informed and involved, we can ensure the integrity of the lake and its watershed for generations to come.

To help us achieve our goals, please become a member of the Skaneateles Lake Association, Inc.