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Scientists, residents, seek answers in the lakes

So far in the summer of 2019, one suspicious algal bloom has been reported on Keuka Lake, while none have been reported on Canandaigua or Seneca. But most of the blooms reported in recent years have occurred in late summer, and the shoreline monitoring programs are just getting underway.

Networks of trained volunteers are working on Seneca (86 volunteers), Keuka (10), and Canandaigua (18) to walk or paddle along the shoreline to report and photograph suspicious blooms. The reports and those from other members of the public around New York State show up on an interactive map available at NYHABS.

In addition to the shoreline monitoring, many researchers and organizations continue to seek answers to why harmful algal blooms form in various water bodies, what can be done to prevent them, and what can be done to disperse them before they become a bigger threat to humans, pets, and drinking water supplies.

At the Finger Lakes Harmful Algal Bloom Sympsium held at Hobart & William Smith College July 31, researchers and state officials reported on their work over the past year.

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