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Rowing’s Ripple in the Finger Lakes

Rowing’s Ripple in the Finger Lakes
You might wonder why rowing's such a big deal around the Finger Lakes. The thing is, rowing fits the Finger Lakes like a glove, or maybe like a boat slips into water. With the sprawling waterways ... more
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Historic replica schooner Lois McClure to anchor at Old Erie Canal Heritage Park in Port Byron

Historic replica schooner Lois McClure to anchor at Old Erie Canal Heritage Park in Port Byron
The Canal Society of New York State announced a new permanent exhibit coming to the Old Erie Canal Heritage Park. Starting next spring, visitors can admire the Lois McClure, a full-scale replica of a 19th-century ... more
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Lake Ontario is 5th most picturesque landscape in U.S.

Paradise along Sodus Point (photo)
Lake Ontario has been recognized as one of the "Most Picturesque Landscapes in America," according to an analysis by Maryland's Storyboards, a company dedicated to crafting wall art from photos. The ranking, derived from Instagram ... more
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Finger Lakes Land Trust to highlight conservation efforts at Keuka Lake event

Finger Lakes Land Trust to highlight conservation efforts at Keuka Lake event
Keuka College will be the venue for an upcoming public presentation titled "Land, Water, and Keuka: The Role of Land Conservation in Ensuring the Future of Keuka Lake," set for Sept. 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m ... more
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Pultneyville hosts historic home and landmark tour this week

Pultneyville hosts historic home and landmark tour this week
The Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society is set to showcase the rich history of the picturesque lakeside hamlet of Pultneyville with a tour on Sept. 9. Spanning from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event will feature ... more
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Erie Canal cruises celebrate sixth consecutive sellout season

Cold on the Locks (photo)
The Erie Canal cruises experienced yet another year of popularity last month, achieving sellout status for the sixth consecutive year, according to organizers. The three Lyons 2023 Fun on the Erie Weekend Canal Cruises attracted ... more
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Cayuga Lake Watershed Network marks 25 years of stewardship

Emergency crews on both sides of Cayuga Lake respond over holiday weekend to water-related incidents
The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network celebrates a significant milestone this summer with its 25th anniversary, marking a quarter-century of dedication to preserving the region's water resources. The organization will commemorate its legacy on Thursday, August ... more
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Penn Yan swimming beaches closed due to HAB

Harmful algal blooms continue to be a problem on Cayuga Lake with 23 repo
Village maintenance staff have closed Indian Pines and Red Jacket swimming areas in Penn Yan after noticing a harmful algal bloom (HAB) on Friday. Finger Lakes News Radio reports the beaches will remain closed until ... more
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Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps will host sunset paddle on August 10

Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps will host sunset paddle on August 10
The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps is set to lead a two-mile paddling excursion on Nine Mile Creek and the recently restored wetlands of Onondaga Lake on Thursday, August 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants ... more
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Lyons Rotary, Erie Canalways Greeters host weekend cruises in August

Lyons Rotary, Erie Canalways Greeters host weekend cruises in August
The Lyons Rotary and the Lyons Erie Canalway Greeters are set to sponsor their annual "Fun on the Erie Canal Weekend" this August, offering narrated cruises along the historic waterway. Scheduled for August 26 and ... more
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Don’t swim in Conesus Lake for now: HABs a concern

Concern grows over the potential for harmful algal blooms on Skaneateles Lake
The Livingston County Department of Health has issued a warning for residents and visitors, advising against swimming in Conesus Lake due to the presence of dangerous blue-green algae blooms. These blooms can cause a painful ... more
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Boating advisory on Canandaigua Lake extended due to debris, heavy rain

Boating advisory on Canandaigua Lake extended due to debris, heavy rain
In the aftermath of heavy rains, the Ontario County Sheriff's Office has extended the boating advisory on Canandaigua Lake in the Finger Lakes due to significant debris, including large tree logs, present in the water ... more
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Rare brain-eating amoeba in warm waters: Should you be concerned this summer?

Rare brain-eating amoeba in warm waters: Should you be concerned this summer?
As the summer temperatures rise, the presence of a deadly amoeba called Naegleria fowleri, also known as the "brain-eating amoeba," becomes a concern in freshwater environments. Though rare, with only about three cases reported annually ... more
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Adrian Avena wins Bass Pro Tour’s Stage Five on Cayuga Lake

Adrian Avena wins Bass Pro Tour’s Stage Five on Cayuga Lake
Adrian Avena, a professional angler from New Jersey, emerged victorious in the Bass Pro Tour's Stage Five Presented ATG by Wrangler on Cayuga Lake, New York. Avena showcased his prowess in catching big smallmouth bass, ... more
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Officials continue monitoring Lake Ontario shoreline levels

Officials continue monitoring Lake Ontario shoreline levels
Local and state officials are on alert as water levels in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River increase due to weeks of heavy rainfall across the Great Lakes. Governor Kathy Hochul's administration reports Lake ... more
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DEC: Boaters can prevent spread of invasive species by cleaning watercraft

DEC: Boaters can prevent spread of invasive species by cleaning watercraft
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is appealing to residents involved in water sports to sanitize their watercrafts and gear, as a preventive measure against the invasion of local waters by harmful ... more
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Canal system gearing up for opening day: Scheduled start of season is this Friday

Canal system gearing up for opening day: Scheduled start of season is this Friday
As the onset of warmer weather hits New York, preparations are in full swing for the commencement of the boating season with the opening of the New York State Canal system scheduled for Friday, May ... more
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Macedon lock gets maintenance work completed: 2023 season beginning in little more than a month

Macedon lock gets maintenance work completed: 2023 season beginning in little more than a month
Canal enthusiasts, local officials, and others recently got a chance to witness the inner workings of Lock 30 in Macedon, which is currently undergoing maintenance to keep it safe and operable. The Macedon lock has ... more
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Finger Lakes Land Trust acquisition will help ensure long-term health of Owasco Watershed

Finger Lakes Land Trust acquisition will help ensure long-term health of Owasco Watershed
The Finger Lakes Land Trust has announced the addition of 160 acres of land in the Owasco Lake Watershed to its conservation efforts. The trust has accepted a donation of a conservation easement on the ... more
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