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Some lakes are having dozens of reported Harmful Algal Blooms while others have none

Handling Harmful Algal Blooms this summer has proven more difficult this summer compared to others.

Cayuga Lake has dozens of reported HABs while Owasco has virtually none.


Adam Effler, Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council Director, claims the size of the Owasco watershed is the reason for no reports.

The retention time is only a few years, where Cayuga has ten years, so the water flushes more rapidly in comparison.

Effler says the City of Auburn has done great work by paying close attention to the Blooms this year and taking steps necessary that keep the lake as close normal as possible.



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