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Going for 1000!                                                  Fran Rotunno Fish

The Board of Directors of the Skaneateles Lake Association (SLA) has not taken an official vote on setting a membership goal for 2018, but informally we all agree that we should easily reach a membership of1000 and it is important to make every effort to do so.READ MORE

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Lawn Care, Lake Care for October                   Fran McCormack

You are a resident in the Skaneateles Lake watershed.  You’re concerned about the algal blooms and understand everyone can help our lake with better landscaping practices.  It is October.  Here is what you or your landscaper should do this month.READ MORE

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  Landscaping for Lake Quality               Terry Hoffmann-DeWitt, Rachael DeWitt and Kathy Gorr

We’re hearing a lot of information about the quality of our beautiful lake, and people are asking ‘What can I do?’  Well, a sub-group of the Skaneateles Lake Association has formed to focus on providing those answers for you.  READ MORE

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Happening Now and Soon      Fran Rotunno Fish

JEFFERSON PROJECT VERTICAL PROFILER.  Hopefully, you all read the article in last week’s Skaneateles Press about the vertical profiler that has been moored in Skaneateles Lake for the past few weeks by the Jefferson Project.  And hopefully, also, you read about the Skaneateles Lake Association’s initial outreach early this Spring to facilitate a working relationship with the Fund for Lake George and the Jefferson Project for the benefit of both Skaneateles Lake and Lake George. READ MORE

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Skaneateles Lake gets help in fighting toxic algae — from a robot                         Glenn Coin

Vince Moriarty, a research scientist at IBM, works on a vertical profiler floating in about 60 feet of water in Skaneateles Lake. The profiler, installed in July, monitors conditions in the lake, including harmful algae blooms. Glenn Coin | gcoin@syracuse.com (Glenn Coin | gcoin@syracuse.com)

Skaneateles, N.Y. — A robotic buoy bristling with scientific instruments has joined the fight against toxic algae in Skaneateles Lake.

Scientists from IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute installed the buoy, called a vertical profiler, on July 30. The algae quickly cooperated: A bloom that closed beaches and infiltrated water intake pipes started Aug. 4.READ MORE

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Our Team of Many Members Has Been Busy                                       Fran Rotunno Fish

 

Earlier this year when we were sending out membership renewal notices to our 2017 members, the letter started out with the following sentence: “The Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) of this past fall was the most “in your face” threat that Skaneateles Lake has ever experienced.”  Sadly, here we are in August 2018 dealing with another Algal Bloom.  READ MORE

HAB Update: Toxin Levels

The Skaneateles Lake Association has confirmed the following information in conversation with the Onondaga County Department of Health.  8/9/18

 

The toxin level in “finished” (post treatment) drinking water provided by the City of Syracuse and the Village of Skaneateles to city, village and town residents and some towns outside the city of Syracuse was NON-DETECTABLE at the most recent testing.  READ MORE

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 A Large Team, but More Players Needed                              Fran Rotunno Fish  

The Skaneateles Lake Association is comprised of a large team of players.  Our 21 SLA Board Members are currently joined by 900 members (those who have joined the SLA within the past 12 months).  That current membership list (as of 7/21/18) is on our website at SkaneatelesLake.org.READ MORE

Harmful Algal Bloom Update

Confirmed HABs: Multiple locations, Skaneateles Lake: 8/4-8/6

NYSDEC

 

Below are the results from samples collected by trained volunteers on Skaneateles Lake and City of Syracuse staff. The sampling confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria HABs on 8/4 and 8/5. The bloom was reported to have dissipated today. The bloom status is compared to the DEC Confirmed Bloom threshold of 25 µg/L Bluegreen Chlorophyll.

With apologies, DEC does not have detailed information on the sampling locations at this time. Several reports received over the weekend indicated that accumulations were present at the north end of the lake near the pier.

 

Exposure to any cyanobacteria HABs can cause health effects in people and animals when water with blooms is touched, swallowed, or when airborne droplets are inhaled. This is true regardless of toxin levels; some blue-green algae produce toxins, while others do not. Exposure to blooms and toxins can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea or vomiting; skin, eye or throat irritation and allergic reactions or breathing difficulties. People and pets should avoid contact with blooms, and should rinse off with clean water if contact occurs.  For more information go to www.health.ny.gov/harmfulalgae.

Location Date HABs Status BG Chl a (µg/l) Visual Analysis
Skaneateles Lake 8/4/2018 Confirmed 723 Microcystis
Skaneateles Lake 8/5/2018 Confirmed 87 Microcystis
Skaneateles Lake 8/5/2018 Confirmed 54 Microcystis
Skaneateles Lake 8/6/2018 No Bloom 10 Microcystis
Skaneateles Lake Zone 4 8/6/2018 No Bloom 4 Microcystis

Source: NYSDEC

News from the SLA

Lake George’s Jefferson Project is Coming to Skaneateles Lake

Fran Fish & Rick Relyea, Ph.D.

 

In early June, a delegation from the Skaneateles Lake Association (SLA) Board and the New York State Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Action Plan Committee traveled to Lake George to visit with the staff from The Jefferson Project at Lake George.READ MORE