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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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Testing will determine if Skaneateles Lake algae is toxic

Testing will determine if Skaneateles Lake algae is toxic
The algae bloom that turned up on a portion of Skaneateles Lake over the weekend is considered "harmful" according to testing done by the State Department of Environmental Conservation - however whether the algae produced ... more
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New Owasco Lake rules and regulations draft nears completion

New Owasco Lake rules and regulations draft nears completion
The development of the first new rules and regulations for the Owasco Lake Watershed in decades is moving forward, as a draft of the rules will soon be finalized before going through the approval process ... more
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Aerators, ultrasound technology may help disrupt harmful algal blooms in Owasco Lake

Aerators, ultrasound technology may help disrupt harmful algal blooms in Owasco Lake
The Owasco Watershed Lake Association (OWLA) this week is beginning a months long experimental study to determine if several types of technology could help mitigate harmful algal blooms that have plagued the lake in recent ... more
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DEC: Discoloration on Owasco Lake not harmful algal blooms

DEC: Discoloration on Owasco Lake not harmful algal blooms
An unidentified green discoloration on much of Owasco Lake seen earlier this week is not a harmful algal bloom, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday. The DEC's Finger Lakes Watershed Hub first collected ... more
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Cayuga County Water Quality Management unveils new website as central hub for water issues

Cayuga County Water Quality Management unveils new website as central hub for water issues
The Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency recently unveiled a redesigned website as part of a greater push to provide a central location for residents seeking information on water quality issues. The website, www.cayugacountywater.org, contains ... more
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Mentz manure lagoon work halted by DEC

Mentz manure lagoon work halted by DEC
The manure lagoon construction that caught Mentz residents by surprise last week has currently ceased progress due to a notice of violation issued by the state's Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC had stated on ... more
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HABs strike Cayuga Lake earlier than last year, but no ‘high toxins’ yet

HABs strike Cayuga Lake earlier than last year, but no 'high toxins' yet
Harmful algal blooms, or HABs, on Cayuga Lake have come earlier and more often than last summer, when confirmed outbreaks prompted an off-season ramp-up of shoreline monitoring and sample testing for the 2018 season. While ... more
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DEC holds off decision on Seneca Meadows mining permit renewal

Reaction mixed after public hearing over zoning in Waterloo
Normally, the state Department of Environmental Conservation would have issued a decision by now on Seneca Meadows’ application for a five-year renewal of its mined land reclamation permit. However, the Seneca Falls landfill has agreed ... more
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