Skaneateles Revs up war on Toxic Algae Skaneateles Revs up war on Toxic Algae

Anchor:For the past few summers Skaneateles Lake, Syracuse’s main water supply, has been threatened by Toxic Algae. NCC’s Scarlett Lisjak says the Town Board of Skaneateles is adopting multiple strategies to prevent that toxic Algae Bloom from happening this summer…

Reporter:Skaneateles Lake Board Member Charles Driscoll says the Town Board has been actively working on a variety of approaches to fight Toxic Algae this summer.

Charles Driscoll:”We have maybe 25 projects that are tee-d up, we have developed plans for a number of these.”

Reporter: Some of these plans include planting shrubs along the shore line to prevent nutrients in the soil, which feed the algae, from getting into the lake, as well as programs aimed to prevent invasive species like clams from being introduced, another possible cause of the algae.

Charles Driscoll:”We are doing a boat inspection program, we are encouraging, other people who take their boats in other lakes to wash their boats.”

Reporter: The Town Board is expected to start many of these projects this summer.
Scarlett Lisjak, N-C-C News

SKANEATELES LAKE, NY (NCC News) – Skaneateles Lake, the main water source for the city of Syracuse, becomes home to toxic algae blooms.

Toxic algae blooms occur when high levels of phosphorus accumulate in bodies of water. These high levels of phosphorus, along with warm climatic conditions, cause an overgrowth of algae harmful to humans.

This summer, the Town of Skaneateles initiate solutions to prevent the possible emergence of harmful algae blooms. Charles Driscoll, a board member at Skaneateles Lake Association, proclaims that the Town Board collaborates with The Natural Conservancy to prevent toxic algae in Skaneateles Lake. Driscoll states that both organizations developed “25 projects.” He further states that these projects are in the process for approval by the town board. Once approval is received, “some of them will be built” soon, said Driscoll.

These projects consist of planting shrubs along the shoreline that will filter out phosphorus, and other nutrients that aid algae growth, in the soil from steeping into the lake.

“We are interested in implementing projects to… reduce the run off… and the sediment that comes in off of the land,” Driscoll explains.  “Even if they don’t directly stop the (toxic algae) they are going to reduce the nutrient inputs and the particle inputs which are going to be beneficial to the lake, so I think they will have a positive outcome.”

Besides preventing another toxic algae bloom, additional projects, such as minimizing the introduction of invasive species, Quagga Mussels, that can exasperate an already compromised ecosystem, are currently being planned.

Overall, the Skaneateles Town Board expects initiation of these projects this summer.

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