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State parks, historic sites across New York saw 77.1 million visitors in 2019

State parks, historic sites across New York saw 77.1 million visitors in 2019
State parks across New York got a ton of traffic. In fact, it was a record-breaking year. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the state’s parks, historic sites, campgrounds, and trails welcomed a record-breaking 77.1 million visits in 2019. The estimated attendance is up nearly three million visits from 2018, an increase of 4 percent. It reflects an overall... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Ice Harvesting in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Ice Harvesting in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
Before the days of electrical refrigeration much of the perishable foods that sustained the northeastern United States came from the vast ice harvesting industry on the Finger Lakes. Learn how ice was harvested and delivered to customers throughout the region and beyond in this edition of Our Finger Lakes History with Seneca County Historian Walter Gable.  . more

Governor’s Erie Canal plan would bring whitewater rafting to Seneca Falls

Governor’s Erie Canal plan would bring whitewater rafting to Seneca Falls
A $300 million plan to improve usage of the Erie Canal includes a proposal to turn a portion of the waterway into a white-water rafting area near the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge at the north end of Cayuga Lake in Seneca Falls. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the 29th proposal of his 2020 State of the State: a $300... more

Cayuga Lake featured in national broadcast of CBS Sunday Morning (video)

Swans on Cayuga Lake featured in national broadcast of CBS Sunday Morning (video)
CBS Sunday Morning featured the Finger Lakes in one of their segments this week. The weekly program featured a two minute look at swans swimming on Cayuga Lake. Just because it’s winter it doesn’t mean some great footage can’t be captured here in the Finger Lakes. It was shot by videographer Carl Mcrozek. Check out the full-feature below on YouTube:... more

Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association announces new lakeshore property owner program

Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association announces new lakeshore property owner program
Ahead of the start of the new year, the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association has announced the unveiling of the Seneca Lake-Friendly Living program, the non-profit’s newest program that is tailored toward lakeshore property owners. This week Waste Not was full with a cram-packed engaged citizenry at its storefront on Exchange Street in Geneva. more

Algae bloom appears near FLX Welcome Center in Geneva; busy HAB season on Seneca Lake

Even more HABs spotted along Seneca Lake over las
Bill Roege, who recently took over as HABs Director for Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, says the last seven days have proven to be busy for volunteers working around Seneca Lake to identify harmful algal blooms. Last week, Frank DiOrio was a guest on FingerLakes1.com’s Sunday Conversation, outlining some of the things that SLPWA had seen throughout the season. The... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)
What’s up with all the algae? While experts and scientists battle with the ‘what’ is causing dozens of blooms each summer in lakes around the region – spotters with one volunteer organization are putting in the work to alert residents about harmful algae blooms; and where they pop up. Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association is that organization, and Frank DiOrio... more

‘True Love’ on Seneca Lake; preps for big race nearly complete

‘True Love’ on Seneca Lake; preps for big race nearly complete
The Schooner True Love, which is docked in Watkins Glen, is heading out on Monday, September 30th for the Annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race held in Baltimore, Maryland. Lisa and Joshua Navone, owners of the True Love, has provided day sail charters in Watkins Glen for the past 10 years. The vessel is said to be the regions “Ambassador to the... more

Protest over 5&20 in Geneva ahead of ‘Climate March’ on Friday

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Earlier this morning, resident activists reveled on top of the 5&20 overpass with cars and trucks honking underneath as they prepare for Geneva’s own Climate March that will commence at 5 p.m. Friday, September 27th, beginning at Geneva’s Lakeshore Park, 35 Lakefront Drive. The march shall feature a toxic tour that demonstrates the way the carbon economy has “benefited the... more

Toxics Targeting asks Cuomo to intercede in Cargill salt mine spill under Cayuga Lake

Toxics Targeting asks Cuomo to intercede in Cargill salt mine spill under Cayuga Lake
Ithaca-based Toxics Targeting is asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to intercede in a Cargill salt mine spill which took place under Cayuga Lake in February of this year, according to Finger Lakes News Radio. Walter Hang, of Toxics Targeting accused the salt mine of allowing the flow of sodium ferrocyanide into Cayuga Lake. He was also critical of New York State... more

LATEST HABs: 20 more ‘confirmed blooms’ in Seneca Lake last week

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Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association has provided another update on algae blooms around the lake. Out of 21 samples collected, 20 of them were ‘confirmed blooms’, according to an update on Tuesday. “The peak HAB season continued this week. We saw blooms 5 days this week—all but Thursday and Sunday. Of the 21 samples, 20 have been confirmed while 1... more
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