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Harmful Algae Bloom volunteers set to monitor Seneca Lake

An all- volunteer, trained “army” of 100 is set to begin monitoring the shoreline of Seneca Lake for harmful algal blooms July 28.

Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association trained more than 50 volunteers June 5, and another 50 or so will be trained before July 28.

SLPWA has moved to a regional organizational structure to help coordinate the increasing number of HAB monitoring volunteers.

The organization now has four regional coordinators to head up its Pure Waters HAB teams. They are Bill Roege for the northwest region, Peter Muller for the southwest region, Rick Wakeland for the southeast region and Rich Adams for the northeast region. Ed Przybylowicz and Jill Ritter round out the leadership team.

Lewis McCaffrey, of the state Department of Environmental Conservation and a senior research scientist, is assisting with the program.

The four regional coordinators expect the increased shoreline coverage and monitoring to go from 37 miles to more than 50 miles around the shore of the largest and deepest of the 11 Finger Lakes.

“Our top priority is HAB education and awareness. We want to do everything we can to help ensure a safe and fun-filled summer for everyone on the lakes, including our pets,” said Frank DiOrio, SLPWA HABs director.

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