Officials investigating manure spill’s impact on Cayuga Lake (NY)
As a result of a structural issue with a satellite manure storage lagoon at Sunnyside Farm, emergency applications of manure were made to fields beginning Thursday, February 16th. Rapidly warming temperatures resulted in increased snowmelt that is now causing runoff of manure from several fields to enter Salmon Creek. A portion of the discharge has reached Cayuga lake, but is not threatening municipal water supplies.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) continues to work directly with the farm owner and Tompkins County to address this issue. The county advises anyone on a beach well or using lake water in that area to avoid consumption until more information is available.
Reminder to pet owners: Do not allow animals to consume lake water in this area.