OFFICIALS: Horse killed by West Nile Virus in Cayuga County

According to the Cayuga County Health Department, a horse at the southern end of the county died from West Nile Virus. The virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, can go symptomless in humans. According to the numbers, 8 out of 10 people do not exhibit symptoms of the virus. The department was notified by the state Department of Health about... more

NY hopes to restore lake sturgeon populations

New York state environmental officials are accepting public comment on a plan to increase lake sturgeon populations. The number of lake sturgeon remains low compared to historical levels due to commercial fishing, dam building and habitat loss. The freshwater fish can still be found in Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River and some other New... more

Residents ‘hopeful’ about Labelon cleanup in Canandaigua

It’s only a 1.75 acre parcel, but the 82,444-square-foot Labelon site is a polarizing topic. Located at 10 Chapin St., Canandaigua City Council moved forward earlier this month with a request for grant funding from the Restore NY Communities Initiative. That grant, which is administered by the Empire State Development Corporation would net $1 million, and could cover a majority... more

Cuomo names Geneva as 100th ‘Clean Energy Community’

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the City of Geneva is the 100th community in New York to be designated a Clean Energy Community, recognizing its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy in its communities. This announcement complements Finger Lakes Forward, the regional economic blueprint aimed at attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving... more

Sample results show Cayuga Lake harmful algal blooms had high toxin levels

It’s not just Owasco and Skaneateles lakes that have had high levels of toxins in their harmful algal blooms. Cayuga Lake’s blooms are just as concentrated and just as bad. The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program collects samples of algae as part of its efforts to monitor water quality across the Finger Lakes. Results from a sample... more

$17M on way to FLX to fix aging infrastructure

A growing number of MRB Group clients will be receiving substantial financial support for water infrastructure, thanks to a grant opportunity created by a new funding source initiated in 2017. The Clean Water Infrastructure Act, adopted earlier this year, created a much needed focus on improvements to aging infrastructure that threatens waterways and drinking water sources. Recently announced awards included... more

Residents, businesses call on Gov. Cuomo to halt Crestwood project

Residents are stepping up the fight against a plan to store millions of barrels of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in unlined abandoned salt caverns beneath the shores of Seneca Lake near Watkins Glen in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country. Nearly 500 local business owners, including leaders of the region’s winery and tourism industries, sent a letter to Governor... more

Gov. Cuomo suggests special session for flood relief

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a special legislative session may be needed this fall to increase assistance for those affected by floods along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The Democrat wrote to lawmakers in the affected region on Tuesday. He noted that while officials approved $45 million for flood relief, more help will likely be needed. He... more

Geneva Foundry support efforts take root

For those living in the Geneva Foundry contamination zone, growing your own vegetables is not an advisable activity. However, thanks to a group of residents — with some help from the city — those living in the zone and beyond have a place to grow veggies come spring next year. On Sunday, Oct. 1, citizens, including those from the Geneva... more

Cuomo to Trump administration: Don’t allow NY fishing industry to flounder

Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged the Trump administration to address quotas that are having adverse impacts on New York’s commercial fishing industry. In a letter sent Tuesday to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Cuomo requested changes to summer flounder quotas. The allocations, he wrote, are based on “incomplete data” from the 1980s. The state gets 7.6 percent of the limit, while New... 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

Waterloo may get $3 million from state for algae treatment

Village water superintendent Jim Bromka was well aware of the harmful algal blooms spotted in Seneca Lake late this summer. “I was hoping we’d dodged it getting into our water system, but that didn’t happen,” Bromka told the Village Board Monday. However, Bromka told trustees that there were some toxins measured at very low levels, and that the water has... more

Hobart and William Smith Colleges professor lauds milestone in gravitational wave detection

A Hobart and William Smith physics professor is celebrating another milestone for a scientific collaboration focused on detecting gravitational waves. The LIGO Scientific Collaboration, of which Hobart and William Smith physics professor Steven Penn is a prize-winning scientist, and the Virgo collaboration have reported their first joint discovery of gravitational waves. This is the fourth announced detection of a binary... more

Tickmaggedon? Maybe not, but Lyme disease DID surge this summer

As the Lyme disease season enters its autumn phase, it appears that predictions the bacterial illness would spike this year have so far been somewhat accurate. But Tickmaggedon it was not, at least not in the Rochester region. Social media was abuzz this past spring with contentions that deer ticks, the tiny bugs that transmit Lyme disease, would be especially... more

$8.5M Lake Tunnel Solar Village project in Geneva unveiled

The needs of the market played a major role in the retooling of an estimated $8.5 million solar-powered housing development near the tunnel that connects downtown to the lake. That’s what Ryan Wallace of Geneva-based SmallGrid, builders of the proposed Lake Tunnel Solar Village, told City Council last week. When pitched as part of SmallGrid’s application for Downtown Revitalization Initiative... more

Blue-green algae detected in Seneca County drinking water supply

The Seneca County Health Department announced on Thursday that blue-green algae toxins were found in the drinking water supply, which was tested on September 29th. According to Tom Scoles, Principal Sanatarian with the Seneca County Health Department, “Samples were tested at the state’s Wadsworth Lab in Albany and were positive for algal toxins; however the levels were below the EPA’s... more

Panel calls Skaneateles Lake algae bloom ‘serious wake-up call’

A large crowd of concerned residents gathered in the Skaneateles High School auditorium on Oct. 4 to discuss the recent algae bloom in Skaneateles Lake. The event, put on by the Skaneateles High School Environmental Club, included short lectures and a panel discussion. The algae bloom, which appeared in mid-September, raised concerns of potential health risks to those using the... more

Four local lakes report harmful algae blooms

Harmful algae blooms have been reported in Canandaigua, Seneca, Cayuga and Keuka lakes, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. On Friday, the DEC said 15 bodies of water were added that week to the statewide list, which now has 68 bodies of water listed with harmful algae blooms. DEC officials report on its HAB notification page these confirmed... more
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