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Experts weigh in on harmful algae at Owasco Lake Symposium in Auburn

More than a hundred people packed the seats at the Auburn Public Theater Saturday morning to hear from a variety of experts on harmful algal blooms in Owasco and the other Finger Lakes.

Hosted by the Owasco Watershed Lake Association, experts at the HABs in Owasco Lake Symposium discussed their latest research and work on HABs including contributions of nitrogen or invasive mussel species to HABs, and what future work will look like.

The event began with a proclamation from Auburn Mayor Mike Quill dedicating the symposium to former OWLA president Bob Brower.

Dr. John Halfman, with the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has been studying Owasco Lake since 2005, and presented the latest results from his work in 2018 that included a review of HAB mitigation technology for the first time.

Most of Halfman’s presentation focused on the role phosphorous, the primary nutrient source for the cyanobacteria that forms HABs, plays in Owasco.

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