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New York must improve procedures for measuring, disclosing data on algal toxins

New York must improve procedures for measuring, disclosing data on algal toxins
The City of Auburn is asking the state Department of Health to address New York’s rapidly spreading toxic algae crisis by adopting stricter standards for sampling, measuring and publicly disclosing levels of toxins in public drinking water. “There are no comprehensive drinking water standards in the state of New York, and there needs to be,” said James Giannettino, an Auburn... more

Seneca Falls Town Board orders rigorous defense of Local Law 3, standing by 2025 closure of SMI

Seneca Falls Town Board orders rigorous defense of Local Law 3, standing by 2025 closure of SMI
A three-member majority of the Seneca Falls Town Board instructed town attorneys today to immediately begin a rigorous legal defense of Local Law 3, which requires Seneca Meadows Inc. landfill to close by December 2025. The action comes less than a week after the state’s largest waste dump floated a plan to extend its lifetime by 12 years — until... more

Lazzaro says board needs to ’embrace’ new host agreement, but does he have the votes?

Lazzaro says board needs to ’embrace’ new host agreement, but does he have the votes?
Is it time for a new deal in Seneca Falls? Documents outlining a new host agreement between the Town of Seneca Falls and Seneca Meadows Landfill show major changes from the 2007 agreement currently in place. It assumes the passing of a new local law, which would keep Seneca Meadows operating through the end of 2037. It would all be... more

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Neighbor of Seneca Meadows wants to jump-start stalled lawsuit on 2025 landfill closure

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Neighbor of Seneca Meadows wants to jump-start stalled lawsuit on 2025 landfill closure
A frustrated neighbor of the Seneca Meadows Inc. landfill has asked a judge for permission to intervene in a long-delayed civil case challenging a local law that requires the state’s largest trash dump to close by 2025. Dixie D. Lemmon argues that attorneys representing Seneca Meadows, the plaintiffs in the case, and attorneys for the Town of Seneca Falls and... more

Save Owasco Now! renewing letter-writing campaign for state assistance with HABs

Save Owasco Now! renewing letter-writing campaign for state assistance with HABs
A local activist group dedicated to combating harmful algal blooms is renewing its campaign asking for state assistance in protecting water quality on Owasco Lake. Urged on by the approaching end of a public comment period on proposed changes to a state permitting process for farms and the continued presence of HABs on the lake, Save Owasco Now! is asking members and... more

MANTIUS: Landfill makes offer SF ‘cannot refuse’ in new draft of host agreement

MANTIUS: Landfill makes offer SF ‘cannot refuse’ in new draft of host agreement
The state’s largest landfill is floating a proposal to push back its mandatory closure date from 2025 to 2037 in exchange for sweetened annual “host” payments to the Town of Seneca Falls. A proposed resolution outlining the plan may be presented to the town board for a vote Tuesday night Oct. 2. But the measure may be pulled from the... more

DISASTER DECLARED: FEMA gives green light for funding assistance in Seneca Co., Southern Tier

DISASTER DECLARED: FEMA gives green light for funding assistance in Seneca Co., Southern Tier
FEMA took a big step on Tuesday – approving disaster declaration for those impacted by August flooding in Southern Seneca County, and the Southern Tier. Among the seven counties granted relief was Seneca County, where Lodi Point was hit particularly hard. The National Weather Service estimated that as much as 9 inches of rain fell in just hours – prompting... more

Toxins in Auburn raw water at highest level this year, treatment system still working

Toxins in Auburn raw water at highest level this year, treatment system still working
Toxins have again been detected in the raw water supplying the city of Auburn’s water treatment plant at the highest level this season, but the drinking water supply remains safe, according to the Cayuga County Health Department. The department said in a release that results from samples taken Tuesday showed 1.2 micrograms per liter of microcytstins, a toxin associated with... more

Algae problem continues to bloom across NYS

Algae problem continues to bloom across NYS
An investigative story by the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester evaluates the statewide situation with regard to harmful algae blooms. Blooms have been observed this summer in Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles, Canandaigua, and Hemlock lakes. Exposure to blue-green algae – what’s been seen locally – can cause a range of symptoms and diseases. It’s even taken the life of a... more

Water sampling to take place for residents impacted by August flooding

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The Seneca County Health Department will be offering free bacteria water sample collections and testing for drinking water systems impacted by flash flooding in August. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, and Wednesday, Oct. 3 homeowners will have the opportunity via appointment to get their systems tested in Lodi, Interlaken, Ovid, and Covert – where more than 9-inches of reported rainfall resulted... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Mantius talks incinerator, future of ‘Manure Lagoon’ in Mentz

INSIDE THE FLX: Mantius talks incinerator, future of ‘Manure Lagoon’ in Mentz
On Episode #135 of Inside the FLX – Environmental Reporter Peter Mantius, who founded ‘The Water Front’ blog, was in-studio dishing on the latest environmental news in the Finger Lakes. Mantius’ blog is featured on FingerLakes1.com by visiting FingerLakes1.com/Water-Front, or by clicking the ‘Water Front’ category tab on the right side of our homepage. . Stories discussed during the program:... more

Auburn, Cayuga County officials frustrated with state over algae

Auburn, Cayuga County officials frustrated with state over algae
City of Auburn and Cayuga County staff and elected officials are frustrated with the state on a variety of issues surrounding harmful algal blooms. Thursday night during the Auburn City Council meeting, Director of Municipal Utilities Seth Jensen and Cayuga County Health Department Director of Environmental Health Eileen O’Connor gave an overview of how the city and county are treating... more

Stream bank restoration project ‘kind of a first’ for Cayuga County

Stream bank restoration project ‘kind of a first’ for Cayuga County
The Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District is nearly finished with a new type of stream bank restoration project for an Owasco Lake tributary that has staff members excited to see the results. At Dutch Hollow Brook, one of Owasco Lake’s largest tributaries, district staff is wrapping up an innovative project to restore 350 linear feet of stream bank,... more

Morelle urged to get off the sideline by activists as incinerator issue looms

Morelle urged to get off the sideline by activists as incinerator issue looms
Joseph Morelle, Majority Leader of the State Assembly and a candidate for Congress in November, wrote key state officials this week to urge them to deny a permit for a proposed garbage incinerator in Romulus, but project opponents say he could — and should — do far more to kill the project. Morelle made his case in a Sept. 10 letter to... more

SLPWA monitors find no new Seneca Lake algal blooms

SLPWA monitors find no new Seneca Lake algal blooms
The fifth week of monitoring 54 miles of Seneca Lake shoreline has not found any new Harmful Algal Blooms. Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association has been conducting the 10-week monitoring program with more than 100 volunteers since July. “Despite the warm weather and air temperatures, choppy water conditions have discouraged the development of blooms,” said SLPWA HABs Director Frank DiOrio.... more

DEC looking to resolve Owasco Lake harmful algae monitoring problems

DEC looking to resolve Owasco Lake harmful algae monitoring problems
The transition of Owasco Lake’s harmful algal bloom surveillance program to a volunteer-led effort has allowed for a greatly expanded area of coverage, but the first full year with volunteers in the primary role has also come with some growing pains. Over the past four years, as harmful algal blooms (HABs) have become a persistent problem across New York’s lakes,... more
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