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ALGAE WATCH: City of Syracuse testing Skaneateles Lake water once a week

This summer, Skaneateles Lakes looks beautiful — and so far, no signs of algae.

Despite that, the City of Syracuse, which gets its drinking water from Skaneateles Lake, is increasing its monitoring of algae.

The Syracuse Water Department has developed its first-ever plan to monitor the lake.

Developing a plan became a priority after last September’s first-ever algae detection. While the drinking water was never dangerous, it was a wake-up call.

Syracuse’s Commissioner of Water, Joseph Awald, says: “Prior to last year, there was no plan, because algal bloom of that magnitude on Skaneateles Lake were never anticipated, because Skaneateles Lake is so clean.”

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