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Seneca Lake reports no HABs: SLPWA annual meeting announced

The Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association reported no harmful algal blooms (HABs) during its second week of monitoring, while neighboring Keuka and Cayuga lakes recorded some instances.

A combination of early-week cool temperatures and subsequent windy conditions might have played a role in the absence of blooms.

Currently, about 130 volunteers, covering 70% of the shoreline, conducted 67 surveys this week. Despite these reassuring results, the association reminds residents that HAB season is ongoing, and blooms can form anywhere on the lake.

To enhance community awareness, the association has expanded its alert system to include text notifications for confirmed HAB sightings. Although multiple events can occur daily, the service will limit its notifications to one text per day to avoid inundating users. Interested parties can sign up for this member-supported service, with memberships starting at $30 annually.

The association’s annual meeting is slated for Thursday, September 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Climbing Bines Hop Farm and Brewery. The gathering will cover this year’s initiatives and future plans, welcoming both members and non-members. The event is an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the organization’s efforts to preserve Seneca Lake’s quality.