Photo courtesy of Lynn
Betts, USDA NRCS
Cayuga Lake is an important recreational, natural, and economic
resource for Tompkins County. In order to make sure that the activities
along its shore are not negatively impacting water quality in
the lake, or scenic views of and from the lake, municipalities
can enact a shoreline area ordinance or a shoreland overlay zone.
Such regulations would contain standards for new building to ensure
that development practices are not disturbing the lake, diminishing
water quality, or negatively impacting views.