State announces action plans to combat algal blooms on Owasco, Cayuga, Skaneateles lakes

Owasco, Cayuga and Skaneateles lakes are among 12 “priority waterbodies” across New York that received tailored action plans to address harmful algal blooms and protect water quality, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

Developed in part through regional summits that connected local stakeholders and nationwide experts, the action plans contain a variety of recommendations and proposals on how to use $65 million made available by Cuomo to combat HABs.

“Protecting New York’s natural resources is a top priority of this administration and we have moved swiftly to ensure that the harmful algal blooms plaguing are waterbodies are addressed quickly and effectively,” Cuomo said in a release.

Comprised of blue-green algae or cyanobacteria, HABs can contain deadly toxins that can not only directly harm people and animals but threaten important recreational and economic uses of the lakes like beaches, fisheries, water supplies and more.

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