Taughannock Falls swimming area reopens after negative test results of algal blooms

The Taughannock Falls State Park swimming area reopened Tuesday morning after being closed since Friday over the possibility of harmful algal blooms within the water. Lab results came back negative on Monday, according to Fred Bonn, regional director of State Parks in the Finger Lakes. IthacaJournal.com: Read More more

MANTIUS: DEC kills Crestwood’s plan to store LPG next to Seneca Lake

The state’s top environmental regulator on Thursday halted a controversial gas storage project proposed for caverns next to Seneca Lake, ending a fierce eight-year battle between midwestern fossil fuel interests and local residents and businesses. Basil Seggos, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, announced that he has denied a subsidiary of Houston-based Crestwood Midstream Partners LP a permit... more

Taughannock closed for weekend due to suspected Harmful Algal Bloom

Following reports of a suspected algal bloom at Taughannock Falls State Park, the swimming area has been closed for the weekend until further notice. Cayuga Lake is currently being monitored for Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB's), a visually identifiable bacteria which is blue or green in color and slightly resembles wet paint. People are advised to steer clear of the toxic... more

Cornell researcher points to myriad causes of harmful algal blooms

Cornell University ecosystem scientist Dr. Robert Howarth thinks he may have an answer for why harmful algal blooms on the region's lakes last year were so bad, according to a presentation he gave to the Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency Thursday. For background, Howarth explained that, until the past decade or so, the academic consensus around harmful algal blooms... more

Swimming area at Wells College closed because of algae blooms

The swimming area next to the dock at Wells College has been closed under an order by the Cayuga County Department of Health due to the presence of harmful algal blooms. The college said in a news release Thursday that although the beach is on land owned by the college, the day-to-day operations of the beach and its swimming area... more

Algal blooms continue on Cayuga Lake, beaches and Wells dock closed

Harmful algal blooms have already been identified on Cayuga Lake this summer and some beaches are currently closed as officials await water sample results. On July 5, a suspicious bloom was reported at the Wells College dock in Aurora and was sampled the same day by the Cayuga County Health Department. No mycrocystin toxin, one of the main worries with... more

Option avoids lake discharge into Keuka

If New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials give their approval to a new plan, the Switzerland Inn’s septic system will no longer discharge effluent through a pipe into Keuka Lake. Switzerland Inn owner Josh Trombley has been consulting with his engineer, Bill Grove of Naples, and a New Hampshire-based company, Presby, on a new design for a system... more

Cornell and Finger Lakes Land Trust form partnership to combat threats to hemlock trees

Cornell University and the Finger Lakes Land Trust have partnered together to combat a pest that that threatens to kill eastern hemlocks found in many of the forests and gorges in the region. The land trust and university will combat the hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect from Japan, as part of the New York State Hemlock Initiative. The initiative... more

Fight heats up against Lyme, other tick-borne illnesses

As the temperature rises, so does the battle against Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. In Albany, the state Senate approved $1 million for research, education, prevention and treatment options and to fight the ongoing increase in the illnesses. Awaiting Assembly approval, the funding would be shared in the cause by Cornell University, New York State Association of County Health Officials,... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Lake Tunnel Solar Village could bring new look to housing (podcast)

The Lake Tunnel Solar Village in Geneva, which will sit alongside Seneca Lake will be operational in October. SmallGrid LLC. founder Ryan Wallace was in-studio talking about development of his company, project, and how it could propel the future of housing – in the same ways it’s been revolutionized across the globe. Listen to the entire conversation below: . more

Explaining lake foam in the Finger Lakes

The expanse of lake foam that recently resurfaced on Canandaigua Lake has people asking questions: What is it? What causes it? Can it make you sick? Rest assured scientists are on it. Though we know more than we used to about this sudsy substance seen on Canandaigua and other lakes, it still remains a bit of a mystery. “The good... more

Casella officials to detail research and development de-packaging project

A Casella Waste Services representative will make a presentation on a Research Development & Demonstration (RD&D) permit for a pilot de-packaging project at Monday’s meeting of the Planning and Environmental Quality Committee of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors. No details were available Friday. FL Times: Read More more

Heat leads to more algae blooms across New York State, harmful to people and pets

With temperatures expected to reach into the 90’s toxic algae blooms are popping up around New York State. The Department of Environmental Conservation said in their weekly report that 36 bodies of water have the blooms across the state. In Central New York, Onondaga, Cortland, and Oswego Counties have reported blooms. In Onondaga County, blooms were confirmed in Jamesville Reservoir,... more

State DEC crews battle plant causing burns and blindness

State DEC crews are out in full force battling against a plant that can cause burns and blindness. It’s called giant hogweed. The sap inside the towering plant can cause burns on your skin if it is exposed to the sun. Crews use herbicide to kill the plant without killing pollinators like bees and butterflies. While Livingston, Monroe, and Wayne... more

Harmful Algae Bloom volunteers set to monitor Seneca Lake

An all- volunteer, trained “army” of 100 is set to begin monitoring the shoreline of Seneca Lake for harmful algal blooms July 28. Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association trained more than 50 volunteers June 5, and another 50 or so will be trained before July 28. SLPWA has moved to a regional organizational structure to help coordinate the increasing number... more

Blue-Green Algae: The summer guest Honeoye didn’t invite

In the Finger Lakes, summertime is highly anticipated and upon arrival, cherished. The temperament of Upstate New York isn’t exactly amiable for a good part of the year, so when people can be on or near the lake — enjoying the sunshine — they take full advantage. Something has been threatening this prized lake time in recent years, to the... more

Circular EnerG lawyer praises Assembly for no vote on incinerator bill

Circular EnerG lawyer praises Assembly for no vote on incinerator bill ROMULUS — There’s at least one party happy the state Assembly did not vote on a bill that would have removed waste-to-energy incinerators from the state’s Article 10 review process. That is the sponsor of the $365 million incinerator in the town of Romulus: Circular EnerG LLC of Rochester.... more

IJC report: Weather, not Plan 2014, cause for flooding along Lake Ontario

A newly-released report blames the weather – and not a controversial lake level plan – for devastating flooding along Lake Ontario last year. Some property owners whom 13WHAM spoke with Thursday say they’re not surprised by the findings of the International Joint Commission, the group which came up with the controversial Plan 2014 to regulate lake levels. But they worry... more
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