What happens around your home matters...

As one of over 100,000 residents who use Seneca Lake as a primary water source, you can make a difference in the water quality of Seneca Lake. The Seneca Lake watershed encompasses over 457 square miles where storm water runoff moves into the lake and impacts its water quality. Residential properties can generate runoff.

What is storm water runoff?

Rain that falls on natural surfaces is infiltrated into the ground. Rain that falls on impermeable surfaces, such as roof tops, paved surfaces, etc. cannot soak into the ground and moves across these surfaces carrying sediment and pollutants with it into the lake.

How is Seneca Lake water quality affected by sediment and pollutants?

Sediments can cloud water affecting lake plants, fish, and other aquatic life. Sediments can form deltas that impede navigation and lake access.  Sediments can create habitats where invasive species thrive. Pollutants include excess nutrients, bacteria, pathogens and debris that can make water unsafe for drinking and swimming and disrupt healthy aquatic life.

What Can You Do?

You can join our Lake Friendly Living program and adopt  Lake Friendly Living practices!

The program is simple and focuses on three key ways to help protect Seneca Lake.


Eliminate pollutants

at the source


Minimize hard surfaces

 that create runoff


Capture and infiltrate 


Our program is simple.

It is designed to help you learn and apply a level of practices

that best suit your situation and abilities.

Take the Pledge

Take the pledge to adopt basic practices that will help

reduce or eliminate pollutants and minimize runoff.

If you can do more...

Become a Lake Steward

Invest in gardening and landscape projects that can increase

the positive impact on the watershed and lake quality.

With your pledge, you have access to our LFL resources to help you get started.

What is Lake Friendly Living? Watch the Video!

Check our our June 5th radio show with Ted Baker on Finger Lakes News Radio, where

Lake Friendly Living program leader discusses the program launch

and urges residents to become involved.


Lake Friendly Living lawn signs are now available!

Order yours by contacting info@senecalake.org

Thank you to the many people who have taken the Pledge. 

We want to recognize you too! 

Please take the pledge and practice lake friendly living.

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