New technologies for monitoring HABs in Owasco Lake

New technologies for monitoring HABs in Owasco Lake

Adam Effler, The Citizen - September 23, 2022

In recent years, harmful algal blooms have occurred with increasing frequency throughout the Finger Lakes. HABs are a toxic form of cyanobacteria that, when in abundance at the water surface or near shorelines, resembles a thick, green, paint-like material, and when mixed within the water column, resembles pea soup.

Although all contributing factors that lead to the occurrence of HABs are not known or fully understood, the conditions that are most favorable for a HAB to occur include a combination of increased water temperatures, sunlight and available nutrients. The increasing frequency and intensity of HABs during the summer months threaten drinking water quality, recreational opportunities and tourism.

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