Owasco Lake’s water quality better, but cyanobacteria problem worsens

John Halfman’s annual report on Owasco Lake called 2016 “a year of recovery.” While drought conditions distressed homeowners and farmers alike, the lack of rain gave the lake time to heal by preventing nutrients and sediment from running into the watershed.

While the news appears good at first, Halfman, who is a professor at the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, found that blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, proliferated in 2016.

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