SYRACUSE – On Friday, August 6, Senator John W. Mannion (D-Geddes) and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh joined Skaneateles Lake stakeholders to announce a pilot program for a new detection and rapid detection system for state-of-the-art harmful algal blooms. remediation system.
The state-funded $ 100,000 effort to combat HABs on Skaneateles Lake is part of a series of new state, federal and local investments to strengthen Syracuse’s drinking water infrastructure and protect quality of life and tourism around the lake.
“I worked to get these funds because we cannot allow HAB to threaten the vitality of our lake communities or the water supply of the city of Syracuse. Protecting Skaneateles Lake requires strong government-wide partnerships, and the new HAB rapid detection and remediation system is good environmental stewardship in action, ”said Mannion. “
“Protecting the public water supply from HABs requires a holistic approach that includes effective management of the watershed around the lake, working with community partners to actively monitor conditions in the lake, and providing a range tools to respond to blooms when they occur, ”says Walsh. “I thank Senator Mannion for securing the funds to make this pilot program possible. With success, it can dramatically improve our ability to identify and respond to lake conditions. We are delighted to partner again with the Skaneateles Lake Association and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in the implementation of the program. “
Skaneateles Lake has experienced harmful algal blooms caused by cyanobacteria for many decades. In 2017, a severe and large-scale proliferation developed, jeopardizing the public supply of drinking water. Smaller-scale blooms can appear anywhere and threaten the health and safety of the lake community and the local drinking water supply. If an efflorescence is identified early, it can be monitored and treated proactively.
The HAB pilot project will focus on mitigating hot spots near vulnerable locations, in particular the three main swimming areas located near the Country Club, Lourdes and the Northern End public swimming area, located near the water intake. drinking water from the city.
The detection system integrates a variety of technologies ranging from on-board and on-board sensors to satellite imagery. If an algae bloom is detected, sensors will trigger the sanitation system, which includes a dock-mounted device that uses air bubbles to quickly kill cyanotoxins
The announcement was made at Syracuse’s Woodlawn Reservoir, one of two places where water from Skaneateles Lake is retained before flowing into town homes and businesses.
Skaneateles Mayor Mary Sennett was also present.
“Skaneateles Lake provides our community with clean drinking water, economic support and is the centerpiece of our quality of life,” she said. “We are grateful for the leadership of Senator Mannion and Mayor Walsh and applaud their efforts to seek a solution to harmful algal blooms.”
The Skaneateles Lake Association was represented by Dr. Neil Murphy, ESF President Emeritus and ALS Board Member, said:
“Harmful conditions similar to algae involve hot water, high concentrations of nutrients and still water,” he said. “If we focus on these potential hot spots, we can quickly stop the spread of proliferation. Coupling advanced detection systems with compact treatment systems will give us the tools we need to manage toxic algae. “