Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (SLPWA) in collaboration with the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) plans to survey and record data about Seneca Lake’s shoreline again this year.
Last summer, 45 SLPWA volunteers carried out a systematic shoreline survey project for 12 weeks in a effort to detect and alert the Seneca Lake community about Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs). The appearance of HABS seems to be related to a high level of nutrient-contaminants flowing into Seneca Lake from streams.
Over 90% of last year’s volunteers have agreed to participate in the shoreline monitoring program this year, their survey zones are marked in GREEN on the map. In an effort to get a more complete picture of where HABs appear on the lake, we hope to expand the monitoring to include the entire Seneca Lake shoreline, measuring over 75 miles.