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Wednesday night thunderstorm prompts Auburn stormwater discharge

Wednesday night thunderstorm prompts Auburn stormwater discharge
Torrential rainfall Wednesday forced the city of Auburn's Water Pollution Control Plant to discharge nearly 100,000 gallons of water, according to messages from the NY-Alert system. From approximately 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the city's ... more
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Two beaches on Canandaigua Lake closed due to blue-green algae concerns

Two beaches on Canandaigua Lake closed due to blue-green algae concerns
The timing of this week’s extreme heat couldn’t be worse for some people in our area. Two popular beaches on Canandaigua Lake are closed because of blue-green algae. The algae can be very dangerous to ... more
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Program announced to study Seneca, Skaneateles, Owasco lakes

Program announced to study Seneca, Skaneateles, Owasco lakes
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of an innovative pilot program on Skaneateles, Owasco, and Seneca lakes as part of New York's $65 million, four-point initiative to aggressively combat harmful algal blooms in vulnerable lakes ... more
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Trump picks ex-NY assemblywoman to lead IJC, manage Lake Ontario water levels

Trump picks ex-NY assemblywoman to lead IJC, manage Lake Ontario water levels
year after record flooding along Lake Ontario, President Donald Trump will nominate a former New York state assemblywoman to serve on the embattled International Joint Commission. The White House announced Monday that Trump intends to ... more
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Manure lagoon wins green light ahead of DEC’s new rules on CAFOs

Manure lagoon wins green light ahead of DEC’s new rules on CAFOs
Construction resumed Thursday on a controversial 10-million-gallon manure lagoon that state officials had recently ruled to be in violation of state regulations. Neighbors of the rural site 30 miles west of Syracuse say they fear ... more
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Skaneateles Lake gets help in fighting toxic algae — from a robot

Skaneateles Lake gets help in fighting toxic algae -- from a robot
A robotic buoy bristling with scientific instruments has joined the fight against toxic algae in Skaneateles Lake. Scientists from IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute installed the buoy, called a vertical profiler, on July 30. The ... more
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Auburn moving forward on $2M upgrade for wastewater treatment system

Auburn moving forward on $2M upgrade for wastewater treatment system
The city of Auburn is moving forward on a project to upgrade ultraviolet disinfection equipment at the wastewater treatment plant. During the Auburn City Council meeting Thursday, councilors authorized the purchase of the new UV ... more
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ADVISORY LIFTED: Watkins Glen boil water alert ended after intense flooding

ADVISORY LIFTED: Watkins Glen boil water alert ended after intense flooding
The Village of Watkins Glen announced at 9:50 this morning that its untreated tap water is safe to drink again — lifting a nine-day-old order to boil water before drinking. The notification by the village ... more
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Cayuga County Health Department continues outreach for harmful algae season

Cayuga County Health Department continues outreach for harmful algae season
While harmful algal bloom season may have just begun, with blooms detected across the Finger Lakes, the Cayuga County Health Department has been doing its best to educate the public on the issue since when ... more
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Database firm: Hazards have threatened Seneca Lake drinking water since at least 2007

Database firm: Hazards have threatened Seneca Lake drinking water since at least 2007
Although state government officials say the cancellation of a three-day Phish concert due to water contamination from flooding was unpreventable, the president of an environmental database firm claimed otherwise. Walter Hang, president of Toxics Targeting, ... more
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ADVISORY EXTENDED: Watkins Glen must endure at least nine days without safe tap water

ADVISORY EXTENDED: Watkins Glen must endure at least nine days without safe tap water
A boil-water advisory that was due to expire Tuesday has been extended until at least Friday, Aug. 24, for the Village of Watkins Glen, the Town of Dix and the Town of Reading. The warning ... more
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Torrential rains will continue to threaten Schuyler even after $30M plant opens

Torrential rains will continue to threaten Schuyler even after $30M plant opens
Torrential rainstorms will continue threaten water quality in and around this village even after Schuyler County’s new $30 million wastewater treatment plant begins operating late next year, local officials predicted. “A storm event like we ... more
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NY Senate candidate Mannion: Algal blooms on Owasco, Skaneateles lakes ‘crisis situation’

NY Senate candidate Mannion: Algal blooms on Owasco, Skaneateles lakes 'crisis situation'
With harmful algal blooms present in two nearby lakes, John Mannion believes the state should take emergency action to address water quality concerns and provide more funding to prevent algae from developing in the future ... more
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Auburn, Owasco drinking water safe despite harmful algal bloom

Auburn, Owasco drinking water safe despite harmful algal bloom
Drinking water for both the City of Auburn and Town of Owasco remains safe to drink, the Cayuga County Health Department said Wednesday, after samples showed no signs of toxins from the first harmful algal ... more
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Harmful algal bloom on Owasco Lake prompts weekly sampling

Harmful algal bloom on Owasco Lake prompts weekly sampling
After the first confirmed harmful algal bloom of the season was detected on Owasco Lake last week, the Cayuga County Health Department has started weekly testing to monitor drinking water. The state Department of Environmental ... more
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Lourdes Camp in Skaneateles closing due to blue green algae in water

Lourdes Camp in Skaneateles closing due to blue green algae in water
Lourdes Resident & Day Camp in Skaneateles has been closed due to blue green algae. The camp announced Monday that camp leaders, along with the Onondaga County Health Department, made the decision to close the ... more
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Committee considers transfer station at Ontario landfill

Commercial trash haulers may have the option of bringing their garbage to the Ontario County Landfill or to a proposed transfer station at the landfill. The Planning & Environmental Quality Committee of the Board of ... more
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So far no harmful algal blooms in Seneca Lake

So far no harmful algal blooms in Seneca Lake
So far, so good regarding harmful algal blooms in Seneca Lake this summer. The Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association announced Thursday that no confirmed algal blooms — or HABs — were identified during the second ... more
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New funding for algae blooms testing in Tompkins County

New funding for algae blooms testing in Tompkins County
Harmful algae blooms are popping up again this summer in places like in Skaneateles Lake. On Cayuga Lake, it's typically not a problem, but over the last two summers, it's becoming a concern. "This is ... more
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Algae toxins found at low levels in Skaneateles Lake intake pipes

Algae toxins found at low levels in Skaneateles Lake intake pipes
For the first time this year, algae toxins have been found in the city of Syracuse's water intake pipes in Skaneateles Lake. The levels are very low -- at the threshold of detection -- and ... more
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Health department: Algal bloom closes beaches in Skaneateles

Health department: Algal bloom closes beaches in Skaneateles
The Clift Park and Skaneateles Country Club beaches have been closed to swimming due to the visual presence of an algal bloom, the Onondaga County Health Department said Tuesday. In a press release, the health ... more
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