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Over 12 harmful algal blooms reported along Owasco Lake

As local health and environmental officials predicted last week, the number of suspected harmful algal blooms on Owasco Lake has increased significantly in the past several days. According to the state's official online tool for ... more
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Union Springs school board to discuss $150K soil cleanup

Union Springs school board to discuss 0K soil cleanup
The Union Springs Central School District will hold a hearing on a proposal to pay for the emergency removal of contaminated soil under its bus garage. The community hearing is set for Aug. 12 at ... more
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Swimming prohibited at Darien Lakes State Park until further notice

Swimming prohibited at Darien Lakes State Park until further notice
Due to a water quality issue, there will be no swimming at Darien Lakes State Park until further notice. The park confirmed with News10NBC that the water tested positive for E. coli. The bacteria was discovered ... more
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DEC finishes renovating Cayuga Lake boat launch in Aurelius

DEC finishes renovating Cayuga Lake boat launch in Aurelius
The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Monday the completion of $450,000 worth of upgrades to the Mud Lock boat launch on northern Cayuga Lake in the town of Aurelius. The upgrades to the site ... more
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Cayuga Lake monitoring finds 40 HABs, mosly at south end

A Cayuga Lake Harmful Algal Blooms monitoring program had identified 40 instances on Cayuga Lake as of Wednesday. The HABs were divided nearly equally between the eastern and western shores of the lake, with most ... more
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Sixth annual Finger Lakes HABs symposium set for Wednesday

Sixth annual Finger Lakes HABs symposium set for Wednesday
The sixth annual Finger Lakes Harmful Algal Blooms Symposium will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Scandling Center on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The event will feature a keynote ... more
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Drone over Owasco (photo)

Drone over Owasco (photo)
A look from above at Owasco Lake after some recent rainfall. Photo by Mike Jones ... more
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SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Ryan Wallace of The Solar Home Factory & Lake Tunnel Solar Village

EPISODE #24: Sunday Conversation with Ryan Wallace of Lake Tunnel Solar Village
Lake Tunnel Solar Village is nearly full. That was the news we learned this week, as Ryan Wallace and Lake Tunnel Solar Village announced that 19 of the 20 units inside the development had been ... more
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IJC: Outflows to continue at current level; water anticipated to drop a foot by mid-August

IJC: Outflows to continue at current level; water anticipated to drop a foot by mid-August
The International Joint Commission says it will maintain Lake Ontario outflows at their current level until water levels drop by about one foot. The board previously announced the outflows would be set at 10,400 cubic ... more
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$95 million solar farm project eyed for town of Waterloo

One of the state’s largest solar farms is planned for a 450-acre site in the western end of this Seneca County town. David Boxold, project manager for NextEra Energy Resources of Juno Beach, Fla. told ... more
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Town of Tyre issues warning about wild parsnip plants

Town of Tyre issues warning about wild parsnip plants
Through the town’s website, Tyre officials have issued a warning to avoid wild parsnip plants, saying contact can cause skin burns. Officials call it an invasive plant from Europe and Asia that has become well ... more
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Wayne County leaders question if future plans are ready for Lake Ontario flooding

Wayne County leaders question if future plans are ready for Lake Ontario flooding
Wayne County leaders welcomed plans to fortify local shorelines against future high water incidents on Lake Ontario, but had plenty of questions about the future lake levels. Most importantly, just how high will the water ... more
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Auburn crew still working at sewage discharge site

Auburn crew still working at sewage discharge site
City crews are continuing to work at the site where a blockage caused a sewer overflow into the Owasco River in Auburn Monday. Traffic cones and signs have blocked off the middle of East Genesee ... more
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SBJA adds environmental awareness to Summer Programs

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Despite the high water, Sodus Bay Junior Sailing Association (SBJSA) in Sodus Point opened its summer camp season on schedule the week of July 1st with a reinforced waterfront and a staff eager to teach ... more
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Crew working to fix Auburn sewage discharge created by blockage

Crew working to fix Auburn sewage discharge created by blockage
A sewage blockage in Auburn has led to a sewage overflow into the Owasco River on Monday. A NY Alert notification was issued alerting residents of the overflow from the city's combined sewer system near ... more
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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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