As you know this fall the GLCA is performing a deep drawdown of Galway Lake. During this time we would like to encourage lake front property owners to take the opportunity and perform waterfront and wall maintenance to limit future shoreline erosion. During this work you are not allowed to fill in the lake or erect permanent structures on the lakebed. You will also improve the enjoyment of your waterfront through the removal of lakebed vegetation as this material adds additional nutrients to the lakebed if left to decompose.
Please remove vegetative material to decompose on your property or burn it within a pile on the lakebed. We have been in contact with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to discuss the application of the current New York State burning law as is pertains to our situation. DEC has given permission to the GLCA and its members to burn weeds on the lakebed. Mr. Bruce Kniskern has been in contact with the Town of Galway to notify them of this determination by the DEC.
Please be aware that the lakebed can in fact be dangerous. There are areas of the lakebed that will not support the weight of a person on foot and you may become stuck in certain sediments. If you decide to move about the lakebed during the drawdown please be cognizant of this fact and take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety. I hope that you had an enjoyable summer season at Galway and that each of you has a safe and enjoyable winter. This season we were truly blessed with a beautiful and sunny summer.