WELCOME to the Town of Mina, Findley Lake, New York

Sewer/Lake Quality Project

Findley Lake is the westernmost lake in New York State and is fed primarily from underground springs as well as surface runoff from five tributaries within its 3,000 acre watershed. The lake was created from two ponds that were dammed up at their north outlet by Alexander Findley in 1815. Summer lake levels are maintained by the Findley Lake Watershed Foundation at about 1,420 feet above mean sea level and lowered in the winter using a mechanical gate at the spillway.

Findley Lake, like all natural lakes, has a life cycle or aging process that moves it from open water to become a wetland and then dry land. Humans can greatly accelerate the aging process by adding unnatural levels of nutrients to the lake’s water. Once nutrients enter the lake, they remain and are the fertilizer for weed growth and algal blooms.

Findley Lake has been studied extensively and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has designated Findley Lake as an impaired water body. In a July 7, 2022 letter to the Town of Mina, Melanie Stein, P.E. with DEC, states that the 2008 “Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for Phosphorus in Findley Lake” set phosphorus goals and that “the TMDL requires a 100 percent reduction in phosphorus loading from residential septic systems. The report recommends a systemic approach, such as the formation of a sewer district and the discharge of treated wastewater outside of the watershed.”

In 2022, the Town of Mina engaged Barton & Loguidice to prepare a Sewer District Preliminary Engineering Report. The report dated June 2022 and a separate summary entitled “Findley Lake Sewer District – Preliminary Engineering Report Presentation” dated June 21, 2022 are included in the documents in this section along with a copy of the above mentioned letter from Melanie Stein from DEC. Additionally, the Findley Lake Watershed Foundation engaged Princeton Hydro to perform water quality monitoring and provide lake management recommendations. The December 2021 Princeton Hydro report entitled “Findley Lake – Lake Evaluation and Recommendations” is also included in this section.

Sewer/Lake Quality Documents

https://gisservices.dec.ny.gov/gis/dil/ - DECinfo Locator (waterbody fact sheets, including impairment status – turn on “Waterbody Inventory/Priority Waterbodies List” layer under DEC Information Layers/Environmental Quality/Environmental Monitoring)

https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/31290.html     - current and draft 303(d) lists

https://nysdec.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=692b72ae03f14508a0de97488e142ae1     – Monitoring Data Portal

https://nysfola.org/cslap-report-search/ - CSLAP reports

https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/23835.html  -  TMDL Information

Findley Lake Sewer District Public Informational Meeting Presentation
September 10, 2022

Findley Lake Water Quality DEC (PowerPoint)
September 2022

~ Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services Divison of Public Health Environmental Health Unit from Jessica Wuerstle, Environmental Health Director
September 9, 2022

~ Proposed Sewer District Draft Map, Plan and Report

September 2022

~ FL Sewer District Public Information

~ Sewer District Boundary Map
August 2022

~ Preliminary Engineering Report

June 2022

~ Preliminary Engineering Report Presentation
June 21, 2022

~ Princeton Hydro Report
December 2021

~ DEC Letter from Melanie Stein
July 7, 2022

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for Phosphorous in Findley Lake
The Cadmus Group Inc. - July 2008

~ The State of Findley Lake
Chautauqua County Department of Health & SUNY Fredonia Department of Geosciences - January 2002

~ The Managment Plan for Findley Lake and Its Watershed
Findley Lake Watershed Foundation (formerly Findley Lake Property Owners Association) - Janaury 2022

~ Engineering Report on Findley Lake Sewerage Project, Sewer District Formation Map, Plan and Report
Greenman Pedersen, Inc. - January 2017

~ Sources of Unwanted Nutrients at Findley Lake
SUNY Fredonia - March 2007

~ Mandatory Inspection Program for Lakeshore Instie Waste Treatment Systems
Chautauqua County Department of Health & Human Services, Environmental Health Unit - January 2017

~ Water Quality Task Force Recommendations
Chautauqua County Water Quality Task Force - March 2007

~ Town of Mina Sewer Project Overview

Rebecca Brumagin, Town Supervisor - July 2015

~ Town of Mina Sewer Engineering RFP 2021