After 14 years, DEC begins draft of phosphorous Total Maximum Daily Load on Cayuga Lake

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has started drafting a Total Maximum Daily Load on phosphorous covering all of Cayuga Lake, ending a nearly four-year, approximately $3 million study funded by Cornell University.

Jacqueline Lendrum, a research scientist with the DEC, said Cornell handed over its research to the DEC at the end of December 2016. The DEC will use those models and information to form the first draft of the Total Maximum Daily Load, which Lendrum described as a "pollution diet" — covering the different sources of phosphorous pollution, how much those sources contribute and what levels are considered healthy for Cayuga Lake.

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