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Mohegan Lake, NY

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Lake Size: 105-acre
Deepest Depth: 18 feet
Latitude: 41.318611
Longitude: -73.848056
Lake Level Above Sea Level: 522 ft (159 m)
Counties: Westchester County
Cities: Yorktown

Information: The Mohegan Lake Improvement District was established in 1975, by joint action of the Town Boards of Yorktown and Cortlandt. Located in Northern Westchester County, New York, the Lake District manages 105-acre Lake Mohegan. The lake was formed in the last great ice age, but since 1900, has experienced cultural eutrophication. The lake has become increasingly prone to algae blooms, and local residents used copper sulfate to "manage" the lake for many years. About a mile long, the lake was also used for power boating, sail boating, swimming, fishing and ice skating. Not to mention the benefits of looking at the beautiful water and enjoying the company of hundreds of species of plants and animals. In the 1970s, the Yorktown Town Board approved the construction of hundreds of units of multi-family housing on land near the lake, with the waste water going into several giant septic tanks. Residents who were trying to restore the lake didn't feel this was smart - and feared it would speed the destruction of this precious resource. The residents banded together to hire some great biologists - Dr. Raul Cardenas and Richard Knabel - and went to court. They won the case, and the Town was ordered to bring sewers to the area before allowing such density development.
  
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The Lake District is roughly delineated to include all properties having "lake rights" to this private lake. It's hardly "private," however - with some 1,500 households now comprising the District. Currently the District raises about $48,000 a year in taxes (roughly $30 a household) to manage the lake. The District is managed by a group of volunteers, who meet the second Wednesday each month during much of the year.
 



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