Experts discuss blue green algae studies and health of the Finger Lakes at local conference

Dr. Nelson G. Hairston at the start of his talk on Honeoye Lake Dr. Nelson G. Hairston at the start of his talk on Honeoye Lake

August 11, 2018 09:56 AM

The Finger Lakes Institute hosted its fifth Annual Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Symposium last Thursday afternoon at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Five speakers discussed various aspects of algal blooms on surrounding lakes, soil and water conservation, and HAB identification by satellite imagery. 

The symposium was well attended by an audience of at least 200 lakeshore property owners, elected officials, and other interested individuals.

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Dr. Nelson G. Hairston of Cornell University talked about his study of Honeoye Lake and pointed out how strong winds can tilt the temperature boundaries of the lake, thereby creating internal waves that stir phosphorous-a key nutrient for blue green algae-from the bottom depths of the lake toward the surface.

Jim Tierney, Deputy Commissioner for Water Resources of the New York State Department of Conservation, mentioned the importance of protecting, restoring, and saving our lakes for the long term. 


Tim Hansen

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