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End-of-season update on Cayuga Lake HABs monitoring set for next weekend

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A presentation summarizing the first year of a Harmful Algal Bloom monitoring program on Cayuga Lake is set for next weekend at the Tompkins County Public Library. Pictured here in this 2017 photo, a HAB touches the shore of Cayuga Lake.

The Tompkins County Public Library will host a presentation next weekend on the first year of a program to monitor toxic Harmful Algal Blooms on Cayuga Lake.

As part of the Community Science Institute's Water and Community series, the library will hold a presentation on the first year of the HAB Monitoring Program on Cayuga Lake.

Developed as a partnership between the Community Science Institute, Discover Cayuga Lake, and the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, the program enlists volunteers, who receive training from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, to track where and when HABs occur on the lake.

Speakers at the presentation will discuss the formation of the program, the experiences of volunteers, building community awareness of HABs, and an overview of data collected from this year's monitoring.

The event will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green St. Ithaca.

More information on the monitoring program is available at


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