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MANTIUS: Keuka Outlet fouls drinking water, fuels toxic algae

MANTIUS: Keuka Outlet fouls drinking water, fuels toxic algae
Along the waterfront near Dresden, residents don’t dare drink their tap water, which is drawn directly from one of the most polluted sections of Seneca Lake. Their water is being fouled by the Keuka Outlet, an eight-mile watercourse that flows east from Keuka Lake past Penn Yan to Dresden, where it empties into Seneca. The outlet carries tainted runoff from... more

Restart of Greenidge Power Plant hinged on DEC downplaying toxic landfill

Restart of Greenidge Power Plant hinged on DEC downplaying toxic landfill
A coal ash landfill next to the Greenidge Generation power plant continues to discharge heavy metals into the Keuka Outlet and local groundwater more than three years after it formally committed to a complete cleanup by Oct. 1, 2016, documents show.  The landfill, known as Lockwood Hills, holds toxic leachate in an unlined pond that it had agreed to remove... more

Talk at CCC explores ‘explosion’ of harmful algal blooms

Talk at CCC explores ‘explosion’ of harmful algal blooms
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry professor Dr. Greg Boyer delivered a wide-ranging presentation Thursday evening at Cayuga Community College on the topic of harmful algal blooms with a focus on what caused last year’s “explosion” of blooms on Cayuga County’s lakes. Boyer, who has been studying harmful algal blooms in some form for 45 years, started with a... more

Gas Free Seneca joins Seneca Lake Guardian, focuses on incinerator

Gas Free Seneca joins Seneca Lake Guardian, focuses on incinerator
Gas Free Seneca was formed eight years ago to fight a proposal by a Texas company to store liquid propane and butane in underground, abandoned salt caverns on the southwest side of Seneca Lake in the town of Reading in Schuyler County. A recent decision by state DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos to deny Crestwood Midstream LLC of Houston, Texas, a... more

DEC extends deadline for Lake Ontario flood relief funds

DEC extends deadline for Lake Ontario flood relief funds
Senator Pam Helming announced that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has extended the application deadline for the Lake Ontario General Permit as well as the expiration date of the permit. This will allow property owners affected by last year’s devastating Lake Ontario flooding and the resulting shoreline erosion and damage to continue to make necessary repairs to... more

Harmful algal blooms steal Finger Lakes swim days — and some lifeguards’ wages

Harmful algal blooms steal Finger Lakes swim days — and some lifeguards’ wages
Harmful algal blooms are doing more than just closing beaches this summer— they may also be pushing people out of jobs. Gavin VanHorn, a village of Aurora lifeguard who works at the Wells College dock on Cayuga Lake, came to Aurora’s board meeting last Wednesday to discuss getting a pay raise to help make up for the limited number of... more

Casella says recycling market is declining

Casella says recycling market is declining
Officials at Casella Waste Services, operator of the Ontario County Landfill, are concerned about the decline in markets and prices for selling recycled materials. In addition to depositing household waste, Casella operates a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) at the landfill site. New landfill general manager Mark Clinker will be introduced at Monday’s meeting of the Planning and Environmental Quality Committee... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Environmental issues take center stage in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Environmental issues take center stage in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
When the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced that they would be slashing a proposal by a Houston-based energy company, many in the region called it a ‘win’. That proposal would have resulted in liquid petroleum to have been stored underneath Seneca Lake in abandoned salt caverns. A recently-published letter admitted that there were issues with those caverns,... more

DEC holds off decision on Seneca Meadows mining permit renewal

DEC holds off decision on Seneca Meadows mining permit renewal
Normally, the state Department of Environmental Conservation would have issued a decision by now on Seneca Meadows’ application for a five-year renewal of its mined land reclamation permit. However, the Seneca Falls landfill has agreed to waive the normal deadline for a DEC response. The decision has now been put off until Jan. 4, 2019. Seneca Meadows asked for an... more

HABs strike Cayuga Lake earlier than last year, but no ‘high toxins’ yet

HABs strike Cayuga Lake earlier than last year, but no ‘high toxins’ yet
Harmful algal blooms, or HABs, on Cayuga Lake have come earlier and more often than last summer, when confirmed outbreaks prompted an off-season ramp-up of shoreline monitoring and sample testing for the 2018 season. While none of the 21 algal bloom reports this month has been confirmed to contain high levels of toxins, three beaches were temporarily closed as a precaution —... more

Cayuga County Water Quality Management unveils new website as central hub for water issues

Cayuga County Water Quality Management unveils new website as central hub for water issues
The Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency recently unveiled a redesigned website as part of a greater push to provide a central location for residents seeking information on water quality issues. The website, www.cayugacountywater.org, contains an array of informational resources relating to the county’s main waterbodies, namely Cayuga, Owasco and Skaneateles lakes, Lake Ontario, Duck Lake, Lake Como, Little Sodus... more

Aerators, ultrasound technology may help disrupt harmful algal blooms in Owasco Lake

Aerators, ultrasound technology may help disrupt harmful algal blooms in Owasco Lake
The Owasco Watershed Lake Association (OWLA) this week is beginning a months long experimental study to determine if several types of technology could help mitigate harmful algal blooms that have plagued the lake in recent years. On Monday, OWLA officially began a study into whether aeration and ultrasound technologies can successfully deter or disrupt harmful algal blooms (HABs), outbreaks of... more

DEC: Discoloration on Owasco Lake not harmful algal blooms

DEC: Discoloration on Owasco Lake not harmful algal blooms
An unidentified green discoloration on much of Owasco Lake seen earlier this week is not a harmful algal bloom, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday. The DEC's Finger Lakes Watershed Hub first collected samples from the discoloration after it was reported Monday July 30. Testing performed on the samples did not find any evidence of the cyanobacteria that... more

Testing will determine if Skaneateles Lake algae is toxic

Testing will determine if Skaneateles Lake algae is toxic
The algae bloom that turned up on a portion of Skaneateles Lake over the weekend is considered “harmful” according to testing done by the State Department of Environmental Conservation – however whether the algae produced any toxin is not yet known. The Skaneateles Lake Association posted the results from the DEC testing on its Facebook page. The DEC says samples... more

Health department: Algal bloom closes beaches in Skaneateles

Health department: Algal bloom closes beaches in Skaneateles
The Clift Park and Skaneateles Country Club beaches have been closed to swimming due to the visual presence of an algal bloom, the Onondaga County Health Department said Tuesday. In a press release, the health department said the closures in the town of Skaneateles were taken as a “precaution,” and water sampling would be conducted to confirm there are no... more
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