It’s early summer, but Harmful Algal Blooms have already been spotted in Cayuga Lake. The blooms usually don’t develop until later in the summer, but Cayuga County Environmental Health Director Eileen O’Connor said on Tuesday’s Finger Lakes Morning News the staff at the Wells College water treatment plant are closely monitoring the situation.
The invasive Hydrilla weed was a big concern last summer, but O’Connor says the Army Corps of Engineers were able to eradicate much of the weed using flouridone.
O’Connor encourages anyone who live on the lake or who use the lake to notify the county planning department if they spot something they may think is an invasive species.
You can learn more about all of the invasives that can threaten the ecosystems at the Finger Lakes PRISM website.