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Seneca Supervisors reaffirm support for Cayuga Lake monitoring

Cayuga Lake, which borders Seneca County on the east, is the source of drinking water for the town of Seneca Falls and the Cayuga County villages of Cayuga, Union Springs and Aurora. Like other Finger Lakes, it faces challenges from hydrilla and harmful algal blooms in an effort to maintain a high level of water quality.

The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, which is based at Wells College, updated the Seneca County Board of Supervisors Tuesday on efforts being waged to protect and monitor Cayuga Lake.

Hilary Lambert, the network’s executive director, and Steve Penningroth, director of the Community Science Institute in Ithaca, said a key part of their work is monitoring the creeks that feed into the lake, including Sheldrake, Johnson and Burroughs. They thanked the county for its $5,000 donation in 2018, saying it was a “much-needed shot in the arm” for its HABs program and for the purchase of sampling kits.

The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, which was formed in 1998, has obtained start-up funding to train three volunteer water-sampling groups in the past five years.

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