Cayuga Lake Water Monitoring Project

Cayuga Lake Station Water Monitoring Project

During the summer of 2019, CLEAN researchers launched a pilot project to monitor water quality on Cayuga Lake, focusing specifically on detection and characterization of toxic cyanobacteria blooms. CLEAN, in collaboration with the Community Science Institute (and other active research groups), is developing a collective approach to understanding the impact of human activity on toxic cyanobacteria blooms in Cayuga Lake, and how to mitigate those effects. The project, is focused on regions of the lake where blooms have significantly impacted water use for drinking and recreation and seeks to understand the role of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, increasing temperatures, and other factors (like salinity) that may affect bloom formation. Several CLEAN members also participate in the DEC/CSI HABs harrier program as volunteer monitors for cyanobacteria blooms. The data collected will be shared with other active conservation groups in order to better understand the risks posed to our community, to inform local and regional efforts to reduce nutrient pollution, and develop broad strategies to reduce toxic cyanobacteria blooms. After a successful launch of a pilot monitoring program in 2019, plans are underway to expand the Cayuga Lake Station Initiative in the summer of 2020.

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