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Harmful algal bloom on Owasco Lake prompts weekly sampling

Harmful algal bloom on Owasco Lake prompts weekly sampling
After the first confirmed harmful algal bloom of the season was detected on Owasco Lake last week, the Cayuga County Health Department has started weekly testing to monitor drinking water. The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) listed a harmful algal bloom (HAB) with confirmed toxins on the Owasco Lake tributary of Sucker Brook last Friday as part of its... more

NY Senate candidate Mannion: Algal blooms on Owasco, Skaneateles lakes ‘crisis situation’

NY Senate candidate Mannion: Algal blooms on Owasco, Skaneateles lakes ‘crisis situation’
With harmful algal blooms present in two nearby lakes, John Mannion believes the state should take emergency action to address water quality concerns and provide more funding to prevent algae from developing in the future. Mannion, the Democratic candidate for the 50th Senate District seat, held a press conference Wednesday to announce he's been endorsed by the New York League... more

Auburn, Owasco drinking water safe despite harmful algal bloom

Auburn, Owasco drinking water safe despite harmful algal bloom
Drinking water for both the City of Auburn and Town of Owasco remains safe to drink, the Cayuga County Health Department said Wednesday, after samples showed no signs of toxins from the first harmful algal bloom of the season on Owasco Lake. The department released the results of samples taken Tuesday after a harmful algal bloom (HAB) was detected on... more

Army Corps of Engineers resumes fight against hydrilla in Cayuga Lake

Army Corps of Engineers resumes fight against hydrilla in Cayuga Lake
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week began the season's treatment process for the invasive aquatic plant hydrilla in Cayuga Lake, hoping to build upon significant reductions from last year. On Tuesday, Corps staff began preliminary field work to monitor the growth and development of vegetation in Cayuga Lake, keeping an eye out specifically for hydrilla on the lakeshore... more

Schuyler County joins chorus of opposition to Romulus incinerator

Schuyler County joins chorus of opposition to Romulus incinerator
Schuyler County is the latest local government to oppose the proposed “Circular enerG” garbage incinerator project at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, Seneca County, New York. Citing environmental concerns, negative effects on agriculture and tourism, and local opposition from the Town of Romulus and County of Seneca, the Schuyler County Legislature voted Monday against the project, which would... more

Senate passes legislation focused on Lyme, tick-borne diseases

Senate passes legislation focused on Lyme, tick-borne diseases
The New York State Senate recently passed a package of legislation to strengthen efforts to combat Lyme and tick-borne diseases. During this time of year, ticks are becoming active once again. In particular, Senator Helming – a member of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases – co-sponsored measures that would establish a pilot program for Lyme and... more

USGS: Tiny earthquake reported in Lake Ontario

USGS: Tiny earthquake reported in Lake Ontario
An earthquake so small that it registered just barely on the United States Geological Survey monitor was reported Tuesday morning. The 1.1 magnitude earthquake was reported approximately two miles northwest of Bear Creek in Ontario, Wayne County. It happened just after 9 a.m. The earthquake was 3.1 miles below the Earth's surface. No one reported feeling the tremor, as it... more

Supervisors call on Albany to leave home rule to communities as incinerator looms (video)

Supervisors call on Albany to leave home rule to communities as incinerator looms (video)
Seneca County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Shipley tackled a familiar item at Tuesday’s meeting during his remarks. The proposed Circular enerG incinerator was condemned again – this time receiving open criticism during open session, two consecutive nights – in Seneca and Schuyler counties. While he recognized and thanked U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer for his support in attending a press... more

THE DEBRIEF: Unpacking Geneva contracts, new DRI money, and mental health data (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Unpacking Geneva contracts, new DRI money, and mental health data (podcast)
The hosts of the Debrief Podcast are tackling the biggest stories in the Finger Lakes over the last two weeks. Hosts Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso break down the latest in the search for Geneva’s next city manager, city contracts that could impact one elected official’s future, as well as new data released by the Centers for Disease Control regarding... more

Cayuga County officials seek source of power surges at Public Safety Building

Cayuga County officials seek source of power surges at Public Safety Building
Cayuga County officials are attempting to locate the source of power fluctuations after a surge adversely affected the 911 Center’s radio systems approximately three weeks ago. County E-911 Emergency Communications Department Administrator Denise Spingler told the Legislature’s Judicial and Public Safety committee Wednesday that the department had observed a series of power surges at its operations center in the Public... more

Legislation will protect small businesses throughout rural, Upstate NY

Legislation will protect small businesses throughout rural, Upstate NY
Both houses of the New York State Legislature this week approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to create jobs and encourage small business growth throughout rural, upstate New York. The legislation now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law. “Many communities across rural, upstate New York remain in dire need of private-sector investment to help create... more

Family funds water filter for West Africa with spare change

Family funds water filter for West Africa with spare change
The Martin family of Waterloo, collected and saved $120.00 in change for the purchase of a Hydraid BioSand Water Filter. Jason and Katie Martin’s children: Maria, Anneka, Julia and Justus were spurred to action (including doing chores for their Grandma) when they heard about the immense impact one filter can have on a family of five for ten years. “Children... more

Trail group files action over SF eminent domain decision

Trail group files action over SF eminent domain decision
A non-profit group has taken legal action against the town of Seneca Falls to prevent the municipality from using eminent domain to build a larger sewer line through the Ludovico Sculpture Trail. Pittsford-based attorney Sheila Chalifoux has filed a petition in Appellate Court in Rochester on behalf of The Frank J. Ludovico Sculpture Trail Corp. against the town of Seneca... more

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

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... more

Helming’s anti-incinerator legislation gets through Senate

Helming’s anti-incinerator legislation gets through Senate
The New York State Senate passed the bill to block a proposed garbage incinerator project from moving forward at the former Seneca Army Depot in the Town of Romulus. Circular EnerG is seeking to build a garbage incinerator that would require the daily delivery of more than 2,500 tons of trash to operate. “This is a tremendous victory for the... more

MANTIUS: Legislature adjourns before NYS Assembly can vote on incinerator bill

MANTIUS: Legislature adjourns before NYS Assembly can vote on incinerator bill
The New York State Legislature adjourned before 10 p.m. Wednesday without voting on a bill aimed at derailing a proposed garbage incinerator in Romulus. The bill was a top priority among dozens of local officials and businesses in the Finger Lakes, and it had passed the Senate unanimously. Supporters of the measure had expected it to breeze through the state... more

Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council to look for executive director

Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council to look for executive director
The Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council is hoping to create an executive director position in order to have one person dedicated to coordinating the variety of efforts and programs aimed at managing the lake. Management council chair and Owasco Town Supervisor Ed Wagner presented a preliminary draft of a job description for an executive director position at Tuesday’s council meeting.... more
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