Lake History according to Clyde Shults

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The Loon Lake Preserve qualifies for a tax exemption based on it being used for an educational facility.  To further that goal, a pavilion (see sketch below) is being built on the property to shelter teachers and students when they visit and to house information about the wetland, plants and animals on the property.

While Rob Hughes designed the pavilion for free and he and his students will erect it for free, the LLWIA will have to pay for the concrete pad (shown below with Mike Landino and crew), the lumber and the roof.  The preliminary estimated cost for all of this is $12,000.

If you would like to make a specific contribution for the construction of the pavilion, send your check to LLWIA, PO Box 372, Wayland, NY 14572 and mark it “for Pavilion”.

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Fireworks: 7/4/19

7/4/19 fireworks photos courtesy of Art Rothfuss.  Thanks Art, they are beautiful!

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Sailing on Loon Lake

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Loon Lake Notification System

The Loon Lake Association is establishing an e-mail account specifically to be used for lake safety purposes (e.g. Algae bloom warnings).  The list will not be used for commercial purposes (e.g. yard sales, rentals, solicitations, etc.).

If you would like to participate in this notification activity, please e-mail your name and cottage address to

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The Godzilla Weed!

Why is Knotweed a problem?

Japanese knotweed is an invasive weed that was introduced into the U.S. from Eastern Asia as an ornamental on estates in the late 1800’s.

Knotweed forms impenetrable strands which choke out and displace entire ecosystems. Knotweed features broad leaves with pointed tips and flat or heart-shaped bases, and large, hollow stems which give it a resemblance to bamboo. An extensive network of coarse, root-like structures called rhizomes allow knotweed to out-compete native plants, even choking out deep-rooted willow trees.

Knotweed can produce seeds, but it is rare for the seeds to germinate.  The most common method of spreading is by means of stem sections or rhizomes.  Even a small stem section can root and spread the plant.

How do you get rid of nasty knotweed?

  • The best way to remove knotweed is by excavating the entire rhizome system (root structure).  This means going as deep as the rhizomes exist.  However, even a small missed rhizome can cause regeneration of the infestation.  Rhizome networks can extend 65 feet laterally and up to 25 feet deep and are capable of growing through concrete, making this plant a serious threat to infrastructure, especially roads and building foundations.
  • Frequent mowing.  However, this carries the risk of spreading the plant through fragments.  Any mowed knotweed should be dried out on site first and then burned.  (Knotweed is classified as a “controlled waste” and cannot be disposed of by adding to household waste under Environmental Protection Act 1990.)
  • Herbicide treatments.  In fact, one can hire a company to come in and inject the plants (Alice Publow has the details on this).
  • Use heavy tarps to smother the plants.  This involves covering the knotweed area with tarps in the Spring.  Periodically, the plants will rise up under the tarps and will need to be trampled down.  The LLWIA is trying this approach on an area of knotweed at the Preserve.  However, we have been told by one group that has tried this, that even using this method for three years might not be enough to eradicate the plant.

Japanese knotweed is one of the world’s most invasive plants.  It has been nicknamed the Godzilla weed”.  It has wreaked havoc on even more landscapes than that of the fictional monster!

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Algae Bloom Warning

Bernard Thoma
Loon Lake
10216 County Route 92
Wayland, NY 14572
Home – 585-213-4030
Cell – 607-745-1713

On 6/26/19 an algae bloom was sampled in Laf-a-Lot Cove. DEC confirmed that the bloom was an hazardous algae bloom (HAB). Though hazardous, it was determined that it was not highly toxic. Though not highly toxic, care should still be taken to avoid contact with discolored water and items that contact the HAB. If your skin is exposed to the HAB the area of exposure should be washed. A second potential HAB was founded in Serenity Cove on 6/30/19.

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Trees Matter

Why Plant Trees/Alice Publow

What are all those white ‘posts’ popping up on the Loon Lake Wetland Preserve? The plastic tubes are mini greenhouses which help protect the young trees from deer graze and rub, excessive wind drying, and rodent gnawing. But, why all those trees? Trees protect and improve water quality, clean the air, attract wildlife, and provide shade and beautify the landscape.

Forested buffers are vital to prevent nutrient carrying sediment from flowing into Loon Lake. Tree canopies intercept and hold water during rainstorms and facilitate a drip at a slower rate allowing absorption rather than overwhelming streams and ditches. Even fallen leaves and sticks provide a layer of protection, shielding soil from the full impact of rain or wind. Roots help break up compacted soil and open spaces where water can be absorbed. These roots hold and stabilize stream banks and the lakeshore, preventing erosion and sediment runoff.

Trees filter out harmful chemicals such as fertilizers, pesticides, and road salt, before they can reach the water. The trees themselves take up some chemicals while fungi, bacteria, and other microorganisms which live in forest soils take up others.

Shade provided by trees lowers the water temperature, which improves the habitat for aquatic ecosystems from microorganisms to reptiles and fish. When water travels through the tree structures, nutrients are stored, utilized, or returned to the soil. Excess nutrients and higher water temperatures are causes of harmful algae blooms and explosive growth of aquatic vegetation.

Planting trees remains one of the most effective, and low cost means for improving air quality. Trees help by removing CO2 and act as carbon sinks, alleviating the greenhouse effect. Gaseous and airborne pollutants are removed through plant stomata (pores on the outer skins of the leaves).

Forests are also incredibly valuable for the habitat they provide for birds, insects, and wildlife.   Forests generate both food and shelter and encourage a diversity of vegetation, fungi, and microorganisms above and below the forest floor. Trees also act as windbreakers and noise absorbers.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future is literally in our hands to mold as we like. But we cannot wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow is now.” Trees we plant and nurture today, will provide generations to come with a healthier and more beautiful world. Join us at Loon Lake Wetland Preserve to help plant and care for our new trees. Check the Loon Lake website ( for scheduled volunteer times. Happy planting!

   Did you know?

  23 truckloads of trash were hauled away from the Preserve!

70 truckloads of gravel, dirt fill, and trees were removed from the creek

22 loads of dirt were deposited elsewhere at the Preserve

  Stearns Chicken Dinner,   Saturday, June 29, 2019

sponsored by the Loon Lake Watershed Improvement Alliance

  Pick up at Loon Lake Chapel 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

 Advanced sales ONLY,  take out only                                                                                        Menu: ½ chicken, potato salad, baked beans, roll

 $10 per dinner  ($9 per dinner if purchased before 6/14/19 )   

Contact: Carol Reynolds: 42 East Lake Road,   585 213 4226

Paula Thoma:   10216 Cty. Rte. 92,   585-213-4030

Alice Publow:    80 Lindenwood Road,   585-213-4011

Diane Willey:     65 East Lake Road,   585-728-2562

2019 Loon Lake Cottage-Finds Silent Auctions & Sales

 Hand Painted Items…Art Prints…Home Accents…Jewelry

 Items available for purchase or silent bidding at the following venues…

 *Loon Lake Association Meeting * Loon Lake Chapel

  Saturday May 25th              3:30-5:30

 *Thoma Multi-Family Yard Sale * 10216 County Route 92

  Saturday June 29th 9:00-2:00

 *LLWIA Chicken BBQ  * Loon Lake Chapel

  Saturday June 29th 4:00-6:30

Proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to the LLWIA, just for the health of it (the lake that is)!

Questions?  Please Contact Paula Thoma 585-213-4030


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Bye bye barn and milk house

Stan and Karen Wisniewski and crew finished the barn dismantlement and recycling in October, 2019.  Mike Landino demolished the milk house on 10/14/19.

See photo below:


Look at this spectacular view of the state of dismantlement shot by Hal Sussman!

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Alliance Matters

Alliance Matters…..

Awakening the Wetlands ….A Dream Comes True by Paula Thoma

Memorial Day weekend marked the beginning of the “summer’ season. Cottages and homes line the waters edge and dot the green hills and valleys, gleaming with a sparkle of renewed life.

On Saturday, May 26th, Loon Lake Watershed friends gathered to celebrate the opening of the Loon Lake Wetlands Preserve. After the ribbon cutting, nearly 40 people participated in guided walking tours led by Eric Busch, Alice Publow, and Zane Simonowiez. The tours included explanations of earth moving begun by the joint efforts of Steuben County, the Town of Wayland, and community members to remove fill and restore the water flow to its natural state. The fill included improperly disposed of items such as shingles, appliances, and tires.

Visitors also observed some new inhabitants in the trio of birdhouses that stand as a promise for new homes for our wildlife. Two new bat houses constructed of recycled materials look down from the poplars in tribute to local boy scouts that joined the community effort.

Rows and rows of newly planted trees, pussy willows, and other plantings donated by Trees for Tribs, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and local community members wait for time and nature to establish their roots. Over one hundred milkweed plants and seeding pollinator wildflowers have also been established as part of the Monarch (Butterfly) Watch program.

The Loon Lake Wetlands Preserve is approximately a 10-acre parcel that borders Chapel Road, Route 21 and includes the stream that abuts Davis Road and makes its way to the lake. This land holds historical value for many long time residents. Restoration offers enjoyment of a natural habitat for all creatures small and large. It more importantly means healthier water flow into the lake as the properly restored wetland does its intended job.

Please watch, enjoy and pitch in as this restoration project unfolds. As noted above, much work has already begun. A planning committee of the LLWIAlliance has authorized the dismantling of the large barn, and is working with the Lake Association and Town to utilize the pole barn as a winter home for the new weed harvester.

Many community members have donated money to help make this dream become a reality. However, more donations are needed to help with immediate costs incurred to meet the purchase price, garner insurance for visitors, and to continue the cleaning process. Please consider a donation, large or small. Every dollar counts. To inquire or to make a donation, please contact an Alliance member, or send your donation to LLWIA P.O. Box 372 Wayland, NY 14572.

Donations may also be made by participating in the summer long silent auction. The auction began during the wetlands open house, and remains open all season long. Information will be available through the Loon Lake website: or by emailing See the auction page in the Loon Lake Link for more information.

Thank you to all for your support in making the Loon Lake Wetlands Preserve a reality. Our dreams have come true.

Author:  Paula Thoma

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