Aquatic Vegetation Management Program


Program Updates


Harvesting has concluded for the 2018 season. Where access allows, the crew will pick up weed fragments collected into rows or piles at shore. The crew is working on a limited schedule through October 15. Though harvesting has concluded for the season, aquatic plants will continue to be cut by boat propellers and wind action, especially as plants begin to die as the growing season ends. Removal of vegetation washed into shore by wind and waves reduces nutrient recycling from these plants back into the lake. Reducing nutrients in Honeoye Lake is a lake management goal, consistent with the Honeoye Lake Watershed Management Plan and the Honeoye Lake HABs Action Plan. Residents are encouraged to rake up plant debris and contact the Aquatic Vegetation Management Program for pickup. Plant debris is composted at area farms, where the nutrient content serves in a positive way as a soil amendment. Of course, some residents compost the aquatic plant fragments for their own gardens. If you don’t have space or a need on your property , the AVMP crew is happy to assist.

For shoreline pickup, contact us at (585) 396-4458 or email

Please note: There are some locations where the harvester is used to pick up weed fragments, particularly where loads are sizable (e.g., North Shore). If you see the harvester on the lake after September 20, it is being used for fragment pickup and not cutting. Harvesting (cutting) is concluded for 2018.

The crew wishes to thank all residents who participated in and/or assisted the program this year. Best wishes for beautiful fall season.


The work barge is operating this week for shoreline pickup. Please call (585) 396-4458 if you need assistance. Help from property owners who are physically able is always appreciated by the crew.


With a dump truck on loan, the 2018 Honeoye Lake AVMP operations are expected to commence the afternoon of Monday, July 9.

Thank you to all who have contacted us for harvesting or shoreline pickup.

We will be posting our work locations as we mobilize. Beginning July 9, work will start in the south basin at Dana Shores, Lakes End Lane, Southwest Shores and Francis Shores. We will move as quickly as possible to other areas where service has been requested.


The AVMP’s six-wheel dump truck broke down this week and parts have been ordered.  The 2018 operations were originally scheduled to start July 2, however, the crew hoped to meet several individual/neighborhood requests for early harvesting and shoreline pickups this week.  As the dump truck is used to transport weeds from the offload site, these requests will be addressed when the truck is repaired. The crew is marking waterlines for those who requested this service. Shoreline property owners are reminded that all waterlines extending into the lake must be marked with a buoy to avoid damage from harvesting operations.

Thank you to all residents who are staying in touch regarding harvesting preferences and shoreline pickups. More information will be posted as soon as the truck is ready to go.

Betsy Landre
(585) 396-4458


Due to resident requests, we are working to launch the harvester and barge as soon as possible the week of June 25. We are now working out logistics and details. Today we were testing and replacing worn parts on the harvester. Areas for early operations based on requests include Dana Shores, Lakes End, Times Union, Pickett's Cove, and other areas where weeds are at the surface.

Tentative 2018 Season Schedule

Ontario County strives to adapt the harvesting program to dynamic lake conditions while maintaining lake access for residents and visitors. Below is our tentative schedule (subject to change) for operations once in the lake.


June 25 - June 29Waterline Marking
Shoreline Collection
Limited Harvesting by Request
July 2 - July 6Weed Harvesting
Shoreline Collection
NO WORK ON WED-FRI, JULY 4,5 or 6 due to holiday and staff obligations
July 9 - September 13Weed Harvesting
Shoreline Collection.
Post Labor Day cutting aimed at nutrient removal before plants die and decompose in the lake.
September 17 - October 12Shoreline Collection

Operations occur Monday through Thursday, with effort split between Shoreline Collection (early in the morning) and Harvesting (late morning, afternoons). This schedule will vary based on weather and lake conditions.

Harvesting will be focus on areas where plant growth is at or near the surface of the water. For some areas, this will likely mean three visits during the season, where other areas will see one or two visits, or none at all if weed growth is minimal or absent. Residents are encouraged to contact us to request more (or less) harvesting. Our goal is to meet your needs.  Residents who prefer to not have the harvester cut in front their shoreline should also contact us to express and/or update their preferences.  

Contact 396-4458 or email

2018 Program Info

Letter to Homeowners
Waterline Marking Notice for Homeowner

Harvesting Season Reports

Archive Center
2016 Season Report

Vegetation Maps

Aquatic Vegetation Maps are created three times per season and provide a picture of areas around the perimeter of lake with the most growth. The maps below are examples from June 26, 2016 for the north and south lake basins. The red areas indicate vegetation occupies 90 to 100 percent of the water column. In red zones, vegetation is usually visible at or near the top of the water surface.

Northern BasinSouthern Basin