A harmful algal bloom in Owasco Lake in 2017. Hobart and William Smith Colleges later this month will host the sixth annual HAB Symposium. 

Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva later this month will host a conference highlighting the various projects, programs and initiatives to fight harmful algal blooms in the Finger Lakes.

The sixth annual Finger Lakes Harmful Algal Bloom Symposium will feature discussions and presentations from state environmental scientists, lake association leaders and more regarding the blooms that have become a pervasive problem throughout the region.

"The Green Amendment" author Maya van Rossum will lead the event's keynote presentation with a discussion titled "Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment."

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Other presentations include an update on work from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to identify, prevent and mitigate HABS, an overview of an in-lake HAB mitigation pilot project, a discussion on lake association's perspectives on the issue, and more.

The event, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council in partnership with the Finger Lakes Institute, Corning Incorporated, the DEC, and SUNY Fredonia, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 31.

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