Q: How can I assist with Sodus Bay health? A: It is very important for everyone enjoying the bay to help reduce bay nutrients, and assist in removing/not spreading invasive plant species. The reduction of nutrients can be achieved by reducing phosphorous entering the watershed. Phosphorous in fertilizers and human sewage are two main contributors. Invasive plant species include Water Chestnuts, Hydrilla, and Blue Green Algae.
Q: I see your orange and blue harvester in the middle of the bay, outside of the special weed district. I thought S.B.I.A. only worked within 30 feet of docks? A: These harvesters are not S.B.I.A. harvesters! These are the Wayne County harvesters. Please visit The Wayne County website for information: Wayne County Soil and Water
Q: I have large amounts of floating weeds at my dock. Why can't they be removed faster? A: Please feel free to call o r contact us when you have this or any concern. We have to balance getting to every property with addressing trouble areas. Floating weed locations are unpredictable, and change quickly with the wind direction and amount of boat traffic. We are now very fortunate to have a much larger capacity harvester, as well as the limited use of the old harvester to to a better job than any previous years. 2018 will be a learning year on how best to maximize the benefits of the new equipment. You can immediately help by collecting these weeds and placing them on the end of your dock. We will be glad to come pick them up.
Q: Why did S.B.I.A. stop spraying chemicals for weeds? A: Chemicals entering the waters of New York State are very strictly regulated. The chemical application that was done in years past is no longer permitted on open waters such as Sodus Bay. The actual removal of nutrients (weeds) benefits the bay tremendously.
Q: Why does S.B.I.A. not get closer to my dock? A: S.B.I.A. uses a mechanical marine harvester that can only get so close to docks and shore. We get as close as it is safe for your property, our drivers, and the harvester. Property owners can help by cutting and placing weeds on the end of the dock, and we will pick them up.
Q: I sometimes see piles of weeds at the end of docks. What is this? A: We encourage owners in the weed district to remove weeds near shore, and under/close to your docks We will pick these up during the week as we see them, or when we are contacted that they have been put there.
Q: How do I voice my opinions to S.B.I.A.? A: S.B.I.A. is always interested to hear the thoughts and suggestions of the owners in the special weed district. S.B.I.A. is a non-profit corporation managed by volunteers that are committed to helping enhance and protect everything the bay has to offer. The volunteers take very valuable time out of their time on Sodus Bay for the better of everyone. We kindly ask that criticism be in the form of positive suggestions for improvement. The home page provides a way to provide feedback immediately. Also, please feel free to call us directly at (315) 398-1563. We are always looking for ways to improve! Q: How is S.B.I.A funded? A: S.B.I.A. is funded by the Town of Huron, through property owners on the special weed district. The map of the special weed district and associated owners is provided on the Harvest Area page. Further information can be provided by contacting the Town of Huron, NY. Town of Huron (315) 594-8074