New research on Honeoye Lake could crack the code for what ails that lake and waterways everywhere: Harmful blue-green algae. The project involving citizens, students and scientists has this summer uncovered new clues to what spawns and fuels those nasty algae blooms that plague Honeoye and other lakes.
“The types of blooms we are seeing are changing,” said Roxanne Razavi, an assistant professor at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Algae can multiply quickly in waterways with an overabundance of nitrogen, which is the focus of the study that has been taking place this summer. Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges received a $25,000 grant from Great Lakes Research Consortium and state Department of Environmental Conservation to research the role of nitrogen in harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes Basin.