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 water. The bloom is especially shocking to long-time Skaneateles residents, who know their lake as being especially clean and clear, and long considered the lake to be "invincible" to algae.

"We have had a serious wake-up call," Robert Warner, former SUNY-ESF professor, said.

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