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Patients transported to area hospitals after Owasco crash

Multiple departments were called to the scene of a two-car accident in the area of Town Hall Road and Powers Road in Owasco, according to scanner traffic. It was a busy morning in Cayuga County for first responders, who had to contend with multiple incidents. Owasco Ambulance and Rescue, as well as Fleming EMS were called to the scene. AMR... more

Soil and water district asked to keep Owasco Lake inspectors into 2018

The Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District will decide this month if it will keep the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program for a while longer, after efforts to transfer its ownership have been delayed. The Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council, a nonprofit corporation created in 2010 by the city of Auburn, town of Owasco and Cayuga County, was meant... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Batman talks budget process, infrastructure spending, and local disasters (podcast)

On Thursday’s edition of Inside the FLX the individual tasked with leading Cayuga County’s largest governing body – is in-studio talking about elections, the budget process, infrastructure, environmental issues, as well as the prospect of being excluded in a ‘disaster declaration’ by the White House. Keith Batman, Chairman of the Cayuga County Legislature, who recently won re-election to continue serving... more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

More charges for Owasco man, victim calls incident racially motivated

In an update at 2:53 pm Sheriff David Gould says that 50-year-old Owasco resident Eric Simmons, who faces multiple charges, faces even more charges after a court ordered seizure of any, and all weapons possessed by him. Gould says Simmons was charged with six counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a Class D felony. He was found to... more

Owasco Watershed Lake Association leader steps down

Bob Brower has resigned from his position as president of the Owasco Watershed Lake Association due to an illness. President Elect Ken Kudla is taking over as president, and OWLA member Dana Hall will take on the management of the $600,000 state grant Brower had been managing for work and research in the Owasco Lake watershed. Rick Nelson, one of... more

ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Looking at all of the candidates, issues in Cayuga County

With five contested legislature races, two available seats on Auburn City Council, and a number of other Town Council races taking place in Cayuga County — voters will have a lot to decide on in less a little over a week. Candidates are in their final preparations, talking with voters, and getting to know their possible-constituents. What issues are the... more

NY ag commissioner: Experts, not elected officials, should drive Owasco Lake changes

New York State Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball believes local elected officials aren’t the best people to be driving changes to Owasco Lake’s watershed rules. Speaking with The Citizen Monday after an address to the New York State Grange annual session in Auburn, Ball talked about water quality in the Finger Lakes and Owasco Lake in particular. Considering Cayuga... more

Owasco Lake harmful algal toxins aren’t gone yet

The weather is getting cooler, but Owasco Lake is not out of the woods yet when it comes to harmful algal blooms. Latest test results from the Cayuga County Health Department continue to show microcystin, a liver toxin released by harmful algae, in the raw lake water entering the city of Auburn's and town of Owasco's treatment plants. The drinking... more

Roadside ditches in Owasco Lake watershed need work

The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program assessed more than 100 town and county roadside ditches in the watershed totaling just under 10 miles. More than five miles, the program determined, are high priority to be stabilized. Ditches, especially when not properly maintained, are one of the culprits for transporting sediment and nutrients into water bodies. Kathryn Vellone, an assistant watershed inspector,... more

Updated Owasco Lake harmful algal bloom reports show anatoxin

The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program has added a new column to its harmful algal bloom page — anatoxin levels. The relatively new toxin for Owasco Lake’s algae blooms is still showing up at fluctuating concentrations. The usual toxic culprit seen in Owasco Lake harmful algae is called microcystin. A kind of liver toxin, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has... more

Challengers take on the Finger Lakes Mud Run in Owasco

Matt Gelatt emerged from the Finger Lakes Mud Run looking like a living monument to dirt and earth — and was bleeding from a hole in his leg. But he couldn’t stop smiling. Gelatt, a SUNY Cortland student, didn’t notice his new gash until it was pointed out to him. Despite it, he said he felt great and had a... more

New toxin found in Owasco Lake algae blooms

A new toxin has been found in algae blooms in Owasco Lake, the Cayuga County Health Department said. In a news release, the department said a previously undetected toxin, homo-anatoxin, was found in algae samples near Indian Cove and Buck Point. The department has previously found a more common type of toxin, microcystins, in the lake. "Both of these HAB... more

Algae toxins appear in Skaneateles Lake drinking water, Owasco Lake’s untreated water

Low levels of harmful algae toxins were detected in some drinking water distributed from Skaneateles Lake, according to a statement from the state Department of Health, Onondaga County Health Department and the city of Syracuse Department of Water on Wednesday. Meanwhile, toxin and chlorophyll levels in Owasco Lake's blooms are high, though the city of Auburn and town of Owasco's... more

Owasco Flats restoration project on hold again

A project to reduce nutrients into the Owasco Inlet has hit yet another roadblock, delaying work until possibly this winter or next spring. The Owasco Flats Wetland Restoration and Riparian Buffers Initiative seemed to overcome its hurdles after the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued permits to begin the work last month. The... more

Harmful algal blooms continue to be found in Cayuga County-area lakes

Harmful algal blooms continue to be found in area lakes, but there is no indication that public drinking water has been negatively impacted. The Cayuga County Health Department on Friday said that, out of an abundance of caution, the Auburn and Owasco water treatment facilities had activated their carbon treatment systems to mitigate the chances of toxins getting into the... more

Owasco Lake Asian clam problem improving

It only takes one Asian clam to make 16,000 baby Asian clams a year. Small and brown and somewhat inconspicuous, the invasive species likes the sandy parts of Owasco Lake, and Michele Wunderlich, associate planner for the Cayuga County Department of Planning and Economic Development, shared on Thursday the latest results of a survey conducted in July. Members of the... more
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