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Cayuga County stops harmful algal bloom toxin testing, Onondaga County continues

Harmful algal bloom toxin testing of Owasco Lake drinking water has finished up for the season, but Onondaga County continues to test samples from Skaneateles Lake. The state Department of Environmental Conservation, too, has finished its regular bloom tests this season, according to its harmful algal bloom notifications page.

Kathleen Cuddy, director of the Cayuga County Health Department, said testing finished up on Thursday, Nov. 9, after three consecutive samples of raw water tested negative for toxins. The department has collected samples from the city of Auburn and town of Owasco’s water treatment plants since July 5, sending raw and treated samples to the state Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center for analysis.

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