Harmful algal blooms plague Owasco, Skaneateles, Cayuga lakes

Owasco Lake is pea soup, and so are many other lakes across New York state. Harmful algal blooms are plaguing Skaneateles and Cayuga lakes, too, and local officials are ramping up efforts to protect drinking water and keep it clean.

Drew Snell, watershed specialist with the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program, said he’s been inundated with calls about the northern end of Owasco. The program is flying drones and taking photos of the blooms, which Snell said are everywhere. It’s a marked change from August, when the cooler, rainy weather showed hardly any algae.

“Here they are, lo and behold,” Snell said about the blooms at an Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council meeting Tuesday morning. “The reports are from all over. There’s not one area that’s exempt, or immune, I should say.”

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