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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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Congressman calls for funding of Lake Ontario resiliency study; homeowners want action

Congressman calls for funding of Lake Ontario resiliency study; homeowners want action
One day after members of the International Joint Commission (IJC) announced Plan 2014 is staying in place, Rep. Joe Morelle (D-NY) called for a long-term solution to prevent future flooding along Lake Ontario. Morelle is ... more
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Residents of Sodus Point fed up with IJC, flooding as issues continue

Residents of Sodus Point fed up with IJC, flooding as issues continue
Neighbors in Sodus Point are fed up with the flooding. Many, like Bill Dunn, say they have little faith in the International Joint Commission's 'Plan 2014.' "I just want to see the water stop, go ... more
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Geneva, Canandaigua may get money for recycling

Geneva, Canandaigua may get money for recycling
Since 2015, Ontario County has received $1.3 million a year from Casella Waste Services to use in implementing the county’s state-approved Solid Waste Management Plan. Because Casella and the county were successful in obtaining a ... more
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IJC says not to expect any fast changes to Plan 2014

IJC: Don’t expect fast changes to Plan 2014
Leaders of the U.S./Canadian agency that manages water levels on Lake Ontario warned not to expect dramatic change overnight as they reevaluate the controversial Plan 2014 regimen for regulating the lake. “Any changes that happen ... more
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Auburn plans water protection crackdown with commercial properties

Auburn plans water protection crackdown with commercial properties
Many commercial properties in Auburn are likely to receive notices from the city saying they need to install water protection devices. These properties would be responsible for paying for the installations. Under Auburn's city code ... more
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Owasco River flow rates lowered, but remain high

Owasco River flow rates lowered, but remain high
Auburn officials have said that the Owasco River flow is now below a heightened awareness threshold. Seth Jensen, Auburn's director of municipal utilities, said Monday that although the river flow was reduced from about 1,600 ... more
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New York makes progress fighting giant weed with toxic sap

New York makes progress fighting giant weed with toxic sap
New York officials say statewide efforts to control a giant invasive plant with toxic sap are making headway. The Department of Environmental Conservation's Giant Hogweed Program is in its 12th year. Commissioner Basil Seggos says ... more
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IJC: Outflows remain at current levels for Lake Ontario

IJC: Outflows remain at current levels for Lake Ontario
Outflows of water from Lake Ontario are being kept at their current levels by the International Joint Commission, which said it is "doing everything possible" to help ease flooding. There has been significant flooding since ... more
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DEC says Penn Yan wastewater treatment plant corrections made

DEC says Penn Yan wastewater treatment plant corrections made
The village is complying with the terms and schedule of a Nov. 13, 2017, consent order related to the mistaken discharge of 35,000 gallons of wastewater treatment plant sludge into the Keuka Outlet. That was ... more
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Lawmakers OK emission cuts, farmworker rights expansions

Lawmakers OK emission cuts, farmworker rights expansions
New York would adopt the nation's most aggressive carbon emission reduction goals and give new rights to farmworkers under proposals moving through the state Legislature Wednesday. With the session scheduled to end Wednesday, lawmakers planned ... more
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Ian Smith talks new role protecting Seneca Lake Watershed

Ian Smith talks new role protecting Seneca Lake Watershed
Recently hired Seneca Lake Watershed Steward Ian Smith says that his first few weeks on the job have been rewarding, but a reminder about why he chose that path. In April, Ian Smith was hired ... more
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Cuomo touts aggressive climate control plan

Cuomo touts aggressive climate control plan
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday touted a climate change meant to reduce carbon emissions and shift the state renewable energy sources within the next several decades. The measure includes the requirement that the Department of ... more
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High water levels on the lake bring new challenges for boaters

High water levels on the lake bring new challenges for boaters
Summer begins Friday and State Park Police are expecting more boaters on the water. They’re urging boaters to use caution as they could face new dangers related with the higher lake levels. State Park Police ... more
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