Blue-Green dots represent high toxin blooms per the SUNY ESF laboratory in Syracuse. Red dots are laboratory confirmed levels of HABs above the 25 microgram/liter DEC threshold. Yellow dots are photograph reports of a bloom; most cases had samples taken and the samples are in process of being analyzed.
Trained volunteers from the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association shoreline surveillance program have been reporting likely cyanobacteria HABs at numerous shoreline and open water locations on Seneca Lake. These reports are still ongoing.
Yates County Department of Health HABs Update: Recreational exposures can occur while swimming, wading, fishing, or boating in areas with harmful algal blooms, if water is touched or swallowed, or when airborne droplets are inhaled. Exposure to harmful algal blooms can cause diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting; skin, eye or throat irritation; and allergic reactions or breathing difficulties. Seek medical attention if you experience these symptoms after exposure to harmful algal blooms.
The Department of Health recommends testing for coliform bacteria every year and to periodically re-test water quality; this is particularly important for water supplies susceptible to contamination.
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at 8:33 AM An accidental spill from the Penn Yan Wastewater Treatment Plant Aug. 24 resulted in about 35,000 gallons of treated sludge entering the Keuka Outlet. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the state Department of Health responded to the spill and worked with local officials to contain the… Learn More
Today, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) immediately responded to a spill at the Village of Penn Yan wastewater treatment plant and worked to contain the approximately 35,000 gallon spill. The Department of Health, working with local health officials, has determined no public drinking water systems have been affected by the spill and will closely… Learn More
Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (SLPWA) will recognize those who have made significant contributions in assisting SLWPA fulfill its mission to enhance and preserve the quality of Seneca Lake at their Annual Dinner Meeting on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Jim Carter of Schuyler County will receive the 2017 Bruce Adams Award for his dedication and… Learn More
Homeowners have several options to practice more sustainable lawn care. SLPWA encourages homeowners to choose native plants and grasses, which are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions. These plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, birds, and other animals.
Over the past few weeks, various size fish kills have been observed around Seneca Lake. The predominant species seems to be the “sawbelly”, though there are reports of many species being involved. The sawbelly is the fresh water version of the alewife which are members of the herring family.
Reports of poor fishing success and low fish populations on Seneca Lake prompted an inquiry to the NYS DEC in early June. Brad Hammers, the DEC fish biologist responsible for the Finger Lakes responded: