Last month, Netherlands-based LG Sonic presented the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council with a proposal to place sonic buoys in the lake to kill the cyanobacteria produced by the harmful algal blooms.
The proposal was discussed at Thursday’s Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency. Health Department Environmental Health Director Eileen O’Connor tells Finger Lakes News Radio she’d like to get more information from other users.
O’Connor says there’s a concern about the side effects of the sonic waves on beneficial organisms.
She added the cost could be prohibitive.
LG Sonic says the initial cost would be $1.2 Million, with an annual maintenance cost of $40,000 over the expected ten-year lifespan of the buoy system.