The Mission of the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council is to coordinate actions for protecting and restoring the health of Owasco Lake and its watershed to ensure that Owasco Lake will serve as a source of public drinking water, a recreational asset, an economic driver, and an important natural resource for the well-being of watershed residents and those who benefit from its protection now and for future generations.

Mission Statement and Performance Measurements


It is the Council’s vision that its membership will eventually be populated by representatives of all of the municipalities within the watershed. As we continue to grow as a Council, we will be able to learn from each other, share ideas, and overcome barriers. Using our collective voices and resources, we will be positioned to obtain grant funding for the implementation of watershed protection projects

Organizational Structure

Employee Handbook


Duties of the council:

  • Actively monitors and evaluates the general health of the waters of Owasco Lake and its watershed

  • Supports research in the watershed to help identify problem areas

  • Works on implementing projects by partnering with various agencies including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Finger Lakes Institute, Owasco Watershed and Lake Association

  • Directs the Watershed Inspection and Protection Division to identify and stop activities within the watershed that may result in a decrease of water quality.

  • Looks to implement educational programs that will increase public awareness about the responsible care and protection of the watershed

  • The Owasco Flats Nature Reserve (OFNR)

  • The Owasco Watershed Lake Association (OWLA)

  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF)

  • The Cayuga County Soil and Water District (CCSWD)

  • The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)

  • The Cayuga County Health Department

  • Cayuga County Planning and Economic Development, City of Auburn

  • Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance (FLRWA)

Members of the OLWMC

Directors of the OLWMC

  • Town Owasco: Ed Wagner

  • Cayuga County: Aileen McNabb-Coleman

  • City of Auburn: Debby McCormick

  • Town of Owasco: Ed Wagner

  • Cayuga County: Aileen McNabb -Coleman

  • City of Auburn: Debby McCormick

  • Town of Niles: Joan Jayne

  • Town of Locke: Mary Alice Stetz

  • Town of Scipio: TBD

  • Town of Fleming: Don Oltz

  • Town of Moravia: Terry Baxter

  • Village of Moravia: Gary Mulvaney

  • Village of Groton: Nancy Niswender

  • Town of Summerhill: Susan Stout

The Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council is an inter-municipal 501(c)3 nonprofit development corporation with representation from municipalities throughout the Owasco Lake Watershed.


Office: 315-283-9427

Email: ajpeffler.olwmc@gmail.com