Two upcoming forums will reveal the latest regarding toxic blue-green algae on Seneca Lake. During August and September, over 100 volunteers monitored 75 zones covering over 55 miles of the lake’s shoreline for a 10 weeks to identify harmful algal blooms (HABs). Lab results indicated all of the blooms produced microcystin, a toxin that potentially causes liver damage. Toxic blooms were identified throughout September along shoreline properties in the towns of Benton, Fayette, Geneva, Hector, Lodi, Milo, Ovid, Romulus Starkey, Torrey and Varick.
Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association partnered with Finger Lakes Institute and the state Department of Environmental Conservation in identifying HABs on the lake.
The forums will discuss water quality and give results of SLPWA 2018 Shoreline Monitoring program that identified HABs.
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