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Funding Approved to Help Address Problem of Cayuga Lake Algal Blooms

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Funding Approved to Help Address Problem of Cayuga Lake Algal Blooms

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Legislature, without dissent, authorized funding and a contract with the Community Science Institute (CSI) to perform laboratory testing to help address harmful algal bloom in Cayuga Lake.  (Chair Martha Robertson was excused.)  The Legislature appropriated $4,150 from the Contingent Fund to supplement a $5,000 emergency grant from the Park Foundation.  The funding from the County requested by CSI will cover the cost of test kits and supplies for the next two months.

The resolution notes that 24 suspicious algal blooms were identified in Cayuga Lake and 2017, and 18 reported since July of this year.  The Community Science Institute, Cayuga Watershed Network, and the Floating Classroom have set up a network of volunteers to patrol the Cayuga Lake shoreline through September and collect samples of any suspicious algal blooms observed and to bring them to the CSI lab for processing.  It is noted that analysis of the cyanobacteria samples can cost $150 to $200 per sample to support test kits and supplies.