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HABs strike Cayuga Lake earlier than last year, but no 'high toxins' yet

HABs strike Cayuga Lake earlier than last year, but no ‘high toxins’ yet

Harmful algal blooms, or HABs, on Cayuga Lake have come earlier and more often than last summer, when confirmed outbreaks prompted an off-season ramp-up of shoreline monitoring and sample testing for the 2018 season. While none of the 21 algal bloom reports this month has been confirmed to contain high levels of toxins, three beaches were temporarily closed as a precaution — at Taughannock State Park in Trumansburg, the Wells ...
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INSIDE THE FLX: Environmental issues take center stage in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Environmental issues take center stage in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

When the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced that they would be slashing a proposal by a Houston-based energy company, many in the region called it a ‘win’. That proposal would have resulted in liquid petroleum to have been stored underneath Seneca Lake in abandoned salt caverns. A recently-published letter admitted that there were issues with those caverns, something that opponents of the proposal had been ...
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MANTIUS: Keuka Outlet fouls drinking water, fuels toxic algae

MANTIUS: Keuka Outlet fouls drinking water, fuels toxic algae

Along the waterfront near Dresden, residents don’t dare drink their tap water, which is drawn directly from one of the most polluted sections of Seneca Lake. Their water is being fouled by the Keuka Outlet, an eight-mile watercourse that flows east from Keuka Lake past Penn Yan to Dresden, where it empties into Seneca. The outlet carries tainted runoff from agricultural lands and an overtaxed wastewater treatment plant ...
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MANTIUS: Cuomo’s conflicting interests collide over plan for Cayuga plant

MANTIUS: Cuomo’s conflicting interests collide over plan for Cayuga plant

An affiliate of the politically-connected Blackstone Group seeks to convert one of the two coal-fired units at its Cayuga Lake power plant to burn natural gas, hauled in by truck. The plant, built in Lansing in the mid-1950s, is one of only two remaining coal-fired facilities still operating in New York State. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vowed to convert or close all the state’s coal generators by 2020.  ...
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