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So far no harmful algal blooms in Seneca Lake

So far, so good regarding harmful algal blooms in Seneca Lake this summer.

The Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association announced Thursday that no confirmed algal blooms — or HABs — were identified during the second week of its shoreline monitoring program Aug. 4 to 6.

SLPWA volunteer monitors patrolled 55 miles of shoreline, covering 74 of 75 zones, and found only one suspicious bloom that was not confirmed by testing.

Officials said that despite 55 lakes in the state being added to the DEC website summary and very warm temperatures with high humidity, HABs have not developed on the lake.

They said rough, choppy waves have helped. Regular and toxic HABs have been identified in Cayuga Lake but not yet in Seneca, Canandaigua or Keuka lakes.

The shoreline monitoring program began in 2014 with a simple HABs hotline phone number. Since then, the program has evolved into a collaboration with the DEC and the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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