If you live or have business around Sodus Bay, on the waterfront OR NOT, we know that you understand the importance of having our beautiful Sodus Bay clean, free of harmful invaders, be it fish, vegetation, and even some human visitors. Your your ability to enjoy the bay and the property and business values around the bay are directly affected by the conditions of the bay.

We also know that you do try to do your best to keep the Bay clean and your property protected in a way that doesn’t damage the bay.

This Sodus Bay Waterfront Owners’ Guide was put together to remind you of different practices, some are obvious, others aren’t, that you can do to keep our Bay clean, and the shorelines protected.

Please download it to your device, read, and apply the recommendations. If you think of someone else that might benefit of the suggestions in this guide, please share.

Thank you so much for doing your part.

Small hinges swing big doors.

Small efforts by everyone around the Bay make a Big Difference!

Please click on the image below to download the guide:

Sodus Bay Waterfront Owners Guide

Save Our Sodus is a member of New York State Federation of Lake Associations, NYSFOLA, and participates in The Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program, CSLAP.

Sodus Bay and Lake Ontario

The CSLAP collects water samples from Sodus Bay but does so less frequently than Dr. Boyer and his team from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) who perform most of the water testing for SOS.  All the test results are forwarded to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for a statewide picture.

NYSFOLA helps us have a stronger voice than ever before to protect our lakes

NYSFOLA has been a statewide voice for lakes since 1983, and remain committed to continuing to serve that function going forward.

NYSFOLA 2017 Plan:

  • Enhance CSLAP

    Enhance CSLAP by eliminating the rotation system and providing more opportunity for aquatic invasive species surveys, data interpretation, and communication with volunteers.  We continue to support DEC in the effort to detect, sample, and alert our members about Harmful Algal Blooms.

  • Upgrade the NYSFOLA Annual Conference

    Upgrade the NYSFOLA Annual Conference.  We are working on a new format this year.  We have moved the banquet to Friday night to increase attendance and will end the conference on Saturday afternoon to reduce costs and allow people to head home earlier.  We hope that the new format will also allow us to look for other venues around the state to increase participation by new members.

  • Support the Oneonta Foundation

    Continue to support the Oneonta Foundation to fund graduate students in their efforts to prepare lake management plans for lakes across the state.  They have provided valuable assistance to many of our members, and they are the future of lake management.

  • Develop Better Support Materials for Members

    Develop better materials on how to form and manage lake associations, fundraising activities, membership recruitment, etc.  In short, we need to do even more for our member lake associations!

  • Address Members' Concerns

    Continue to answer your questions and concerns even as more time constraints are put on our part-time manager, Nancy Mueller who is also charged with running the day-to-day CSLAP needs.  She continues to be the day-to-day voice of NYSFOLA and provides immeasurable service to lake advocates around the state.

  • Participate in Regional Activities and Be The Voice for NY Lakes

    Participate in regional activities and “be the voice for NY lakes” by having a greater statewide presence.  Increasingly, NYSFOLA is being asked to enter in collaborative projects with colleges, regional lake groups, and the PRISM activities.  This raises our profile and makes our “voice” louder than ever.

  • Influence Elected Officials to Protect Water Resources

    Continue to impress upon elected officials the need to protect water resources.  Continue dialogue with regulatory agencies about the need to prepare and implement thoughtful regulations and permit requirements.

Learn more at  www.nysfola.org.