The Environmental Protection Agency has selected Auburn as one of several cities nationwide that will take part in a new study looking into the effect harmful algal blooms have on disinfectant byproducts in water systems.
As Cayuga County’s Planning Director Steve Lynch said last week, it’s good that Owasco Lake has become a focal point for the battle against the blooms.
Auburn regularly tests for the byproducts and acids that can cause cancer at high levels. In 2016, Auburn and Owasco became the first municipalities in the state to ever detect microcystins in drinking water. The levels found in 2016 were well below EPA maximum limits.