Over the past four years, Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association has been diligently working to develop and implement a Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) identification and notification process for Seneca Lake. The identification program began in 2014 with the introduction of the HABs Hotline and has evolved into a collaboration with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) and Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Last year, over 80 shoreline survey volunteers submitted weekly reports of shoreline observations to the NYS DEC during the months of August and September. August was HAB free however, the last two weeks of September, the conditions were ideal for algal blooms and the shoreline survey volunteers obtained 60 suspicious bloom samples for analysis at FLI. The chart below summarizes the results of the Pure Waters HAB identification efforts.