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Possible toxic blue-green algae bloom found in Hemlock Lake

Possible toxic blue-green algae bloom found in Hemlock Lake
A possible blue-green algae bloom in Hemlock Lake, the primary source of Rochester drinking water, was identified Thursday afternoon. Blue-green algae can release toxins that are harmful to human and animal health, and discovery of ... more
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Public comment period coming to an end for marine sanctuary

Public comment period coming to an end for marine sanctuary
There is less than two weeks remaining for the public to submit comments regarding the proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration opened the public comment period in April. The deadline for ... more
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Lake Ontario-St Lawrence River Alliance exploring lawsuit over flooding

Lake Ontario-St Lawrence River Alliance exploring lawsuit over flooding
A new group is rallying to bring changes to high water issues on Lake Ontario. The Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Alliance met on Saturday at the Greece Community Center. Organizers gauged the interest of home ... more
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Rally against International Joint Commission held Saturday

Rally against International Joint Commission being held Saturday
Members of the Lake Ontario shoreline community will rally on Saturday against the International Joint Commission, the agency in charge of regulating the lake level. A management guide known as Plan 2014 is being used ... more
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Cayuga Lake hit with 33 toxic algae blooms; none reported yet on Seneca, Canandaigua, or Owasco

Cayuga Lake hit with 33 toxic algae blooms; none reported yet on Seneca, Canandaigua, or Owasco
In the opening days of the toxic algae season that is expected to intensify and stretch into early October, Cayuga Lake has taken a wide early lead in dangerous blooms spotted in the Finger Lakes ... more
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THE DEBRIEF: Future of the Depot, Musselman, and War with Con Ed (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing the latest headlines in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast, Josh Durso is joined by Jackie Augustine and Ted Baker to discuss the week's biggest headlines. The trio will discuss the latest on the waste-elimination efforts in Ontario County; ... more
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IJC to add two new members: Residents from shoreline communities

IJC to add two new members: Residents from shoreline communities
Two new members will be joining the International Joint Commission, the international body responsible for managing outflows on Lake Ontario. The board says each member – one from Canada, and the other from the United ... more
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Town of Geneva wants residents to be ‘lake friendly’

Town of Geneva wants residents to be ‘lake friendly’
The town is launching a “Lake Friendly Living” program to enlist residents in the cause of protecting Seneca Lake. Supervisor Mark Venuti said the town has a “Lake Friendly Farm” program that recognizes farmers who ... more
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Proposed galvanizing mill in Romulus touted as environmentally benign, but many questions loom

Proposed galvanizing mill in Romulus touted as environmentally benign, but many questions loom
While plans to build a $365 million garbage incinerator on a site at the former Seneca Army Depot were derailed by a state law enacted in May, a local businessman has been quietly preparing to ... more
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Second floating island discovered on Lake Ontario; Coast Guard monitoring land mass

Days after a small island was discovered floating along the shore of Lake Ontario, a new, bigger island has arrived. From a distance, the massive chunk of land looks relatively small. Westpoint Marina Dock Attendant ... more
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Issues with water in the Finger Lakes have always existed

Issues with water in the Finger Lakes have always existed
The flooding on Lake Ontario and the losses suffered by residents in both New York state and Canada made me think about various stories I have heard about flooding on Seneca Lake. After the flash ... more
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New York wants to improve your drinking water

New York is moving forward with a strict limit on certain contaminants in drinking water following a string of incidents that have left some communities in the state without a viable source of drinking water ... more
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Suspected harmful algae blooms linger on Cayuga Lake

Suspected harmful algae blooms linger on Cayuga Lake
Although many suspicious blooms still linger, there were indications Friday that some of the harmful algae blooms on Cayuga Lake may have dissipated. Two state park beaches that had been closed earlier this week, Taughannock ... more
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Harmful algal blooms spotted on Cayuga Lake, triggering drinking water tests in Cayuga County

Harmful algal blooms spotted on Cayuga Lake, triggering drinking water tests
Widespread harmful algal blooms have been reported on Cayuga Lake, the Cayuga County Health Department announced Wednesday. The suspected blooms are "anticipated to continue due to the warm weather expected," according to a press release, ... more
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Lakeshore community members brainstorm solutions after Lake Ontario flooding

Lakeshore community members brainstorm solutions after Lake Ontario flooding
As many along the Lake Ontario shoreline continue their fight with the International Joint Commission over the controversial Plan 2014, community leaders are coming up with their own ways to keep the waters at bay ... more
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Concern grows over the potential for harmful algal blooms on Skaneateles Lake

Concern grows over the potential for harmful algal blooms on Skaneateles Lake
Harmful algal blooms are widespread on Cayuga Lake and have been spotted on Oneida, Otisco, and Cazenovia Lakes. But the concern for them on Skaneateles Lake is even greater concern because 200,000 families get their ... more
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Lake Ontario outflows to remain above Plan 2014 limits, will not increase further

Lake Ontario outflows will continue to hold at their current rate of 10,400 cubic meters per second, the International Joint Commission says. That outflow level went into effect last month, and surpasses the maximum limit ... more
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Fish die-off on Owasco Lake likely natural, not dangerous

Fish die-off on Owasco Lake likely natural, not dangerous
Local and state agencies are continuing to investigate a fish die-off on Owasco Lake, but early indications suggest it is likely the result of natural causes, several officials said Monday. Multiple area residents, in Facebook ... more
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Expert says busy year coming for toxic algae blooms in FLX

Expert says busy year coming for toxic algae blooms in FLX
The first suspicious algal blooms of the season have been reported on Conesus, Honeoye, Otisco and Keuka lakes, although none has been confirmed with high toxins — yet.  But conditions are ripe for severe outbreaks ... more
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High water levels will persist for months even if weather cooperates

High water levels will persist for months even if weather cooperates
Those who live near the shores of Lake Ontario and are hoping for fast relief from this year's floodwaters are likely to be disappointed. It probably will be months before the lake returns to normal ... more
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State officials tour damaged lakeshore as leaders brainstorm for permanent solutions

State officials tour damaged lakeshore as leaders brainstorm for permanent solutions
The people touring the Lake Ontario shoreline Monday weren’t just sightseeing. They’re part of the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, or REDI, commission looking to protect the lakefront from the damaging kind of ... more
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