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DEC says harmful algal blooms widespread on Cayuga County lakes

DEC says harmful algal blooms widespread on Cayuga County lakes
The state Department of Environmental Conservation and Owasco Lake Watershed Program have both confirmed that harmful algal blooms continue to be widespread on Cayuga, Owasco, and Skaneateles lakes, but toxins remain undetected in municipal drinking water, the Cayuga County Health Department said in a release Tuesday. According to the release, the DEC informed the department that harmful algal blooms (HABS)... more

$3.5 million in bonds approved for permanent carbon filters in Owasco

$3.5 million in bonds approved for permanent carbon filters in Owasco
The town of Owasco passed a series of resolutions, including one authorizing $3.5 million in bonds, in order to move forward with a water quality improvement project during a special meeting on Wednesday. The purpose of Owasco’s Permanent Granular Activated Carbon Microcystin Treatment System Project is to transition the town’s temporary carbon filtration system into a permanent system. The carbon... more

Toxin-producing algae found again in Skaneateles Lake

Toxin-producing algae found again in Skaneateles Lake
A harmful algae bloom has been confirmed in Skaneateles Lake, the source of Syracuse's unfiltered drinking water. The blooms were found along the west side of the lake just south of the village of Skaneateles, according to the Skaneleates Lake Association. The lab at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has confirmed that the species of algae — actually... more

Cayuga County Health Department team recognized for work on harmful algal blooms

Cayuga County Health Department team recognized for work on harmful algal blooms
Cayuga County’s 2017 Harmful Algal Bloom Response Team was recognized by the state last week for its “remarkable and commendable” work combating the blooms that have come to plague waterbodies throughout the county and state. The state Department of Health announced Aug. 31 that the county’s Harmful Algal Bloom Response Team, organized under the county Health Department, was added to... more

Another day, another lawsuit: Circular enerG pushes forward new legal action in bid to build incinerator

Another day, another lawsuit: Circular enerG pushes forward new legal action in bid to build incinerator
Circular enerG, a Rochester-based firm that is attempting to construct one of the largest trash burning facilities in the state, filed the second Article 78 lawsuit against the Town of Romulus, submitting a Memorandum of Law outlining its objections to the Town’s revised zoning laws that were drafted to further clarify the Town’s original zoning laws this Spring. The first... more

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 there was ice, not algae, on the lakes. As harmful algal blooms (HABs) have become a pernicious problem in recent years, the health department has... more

Skaneateles Lake gets help in fighting toxic algae — from a robot

Skaneateles Lake gets help in fighting toxic algae — from a robot
A robotic buoy bristling with scientific instruments has joined the fight against toxic algae in Skaneateles Lake. Scientists from IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute installed the buoy, called a vertical profiler, on July 30. The algae quickly cooperated: A bloom that closed beaches and infiltrated water intake pipes started Aug. 4. That wasn’t necessarily what researchers wanted, said Harry Kolar,... more

Auburn moving forward on $2M upgrade for wastewater treatment system

Auburn moving forward on $2M upgrade for wastewater treatment system
The city of Auburn is moving forward on a project to upgrade ultraviolet disinfection equipment at the wastewater treatment plant. During the Auburn City Council meeting Thursday, councilors authorized the purchase of the new UV equipment. The city will purchase the equipment from a wastewater treatment company called Suez for $462,000. The city council approved a $2.25 million bond in... more

ADVISORY LIFTED: Watkins Glen boil water alert ended after intense flooding

ADVISORY LIFTED: Watkins Glen boil water alert ended after intense flooding
The Village of Watkins Glen announced at 9:50 this morning that its untreated tap water is safe to drink again — lifting a nine-day-old order to boil water before drinking. The notification by the village water department, which also applies to the Town of Dix and Town of Reading water districts as well, was posted on the village website and... more

Manure lagoon wins green light ahead of DEC’s new rules on CAFOs

Manure lagoon wins green light ahead of DEC’s new rules on CAFOs
Construction resumed Thursday on a controversial 10-million-gallon manure lagoon that state officials had recently ruled to be in violation of state regulations. Neighbors of the rural site 30 miles west of Syracuse say they fear the project will foul the air, threaten their groundwater and ruin the value of their homes. They’ve flocked to public meetings, posted anti-lagoon yard signs... more

Trump picks ex-NY assemblywoman to lead IJC, manage Lake Ontario water levels

Trump picks ex-NY assemblywoman to lead IJC, manage Lake Ontario water levels
year after record flooding along Lake Ontario, President Donald Trump will nominate a former New York state assemblywoman to serve on the embattled International Joint Commission. The White House announced Monday that Trump intends to nominate Jane Corwin, a Buffalo-area businesswoman who served four terms in the state Assembly, to the U.S.-Canada organization tasked with overseeing Lake Ontario and other... more

Two beaches on Canandaigua Lake closed due to blue-green algae concerns

Two beaches on Canandaigua Lake closed due to blue-green algae concerns
The timing of this week’s extreme heat couldn’t be worse for some people in our area. Two popular beaches on Canandaigua Lake are closed because of blue-green algae. The algae can be very dangerous to people and pets. Tuesday’s heat sent people boating and swimming into Canandaigua Lake at Kershaw Park, including Lilly Dier. “It’s like swimming in a pot... more

Program announced to study Seneca, Skaneateles, Owasco lakes

PILOT program announced for Seneca, Owasco lakes
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of an innovative pilot program on Skaneateles, Owasco, and Seneca lakes as part of New York’s $65 million, four-point initiative to aggressively combat harmful algal blooms in vulnerable lakes and waterbodies in Upstate New York. This long-term project pairs state and federal researchers with cutting-edge advances in data collection and monitoring to identify contributing... more

Wednesday night thunderstorm prompts Auburn stormwater discharge

Wednesday night thunderstorm prompts Auburn stormwater discharge
Torrential rainfall Wednesday forced the city of Auburn’s Water Pollution Control Plant to discharge nearly 100,000 gallons of water, according to messages from the NY-Alert system. From approximately 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the city’s systems discharged 97,000 total gallons of combined sewer overflow at three different discharge locations along the Owasco River in the city. Combined sewer overflow, according... more

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 had (Tuesday) will still cause a problem,” said Rick Weakland, project manager for the plant set to be built on an 8.6-acre site about a... more

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 not to use untreated tap water was imposed Aug. 16 after torrential rains — up to nine inches in 12 hours — caused major flooding,... more

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, said state authorities documented improperly treated wastewater hazards near the Watkins Glen drinking water intake in 2007. In 2016, pathogens, harmful algal blooms, low dissolved... more
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