The Owasco Lake advocacy group Save Owasco Now! will hold an emergency meeting at 6:00 pm on Monday at the Cayuga Onondaga BOCES to discuss several issues, including the State Health Department’s decision to farm out some testing of water samples to private labs that won’t report any toxin levels below 3 parts per billion.
Cayuga County Health Department Environmental Health Director Eileen O’Connor told City Council on Thursday the state health department is outsourcing some testing to private labs which are not allowed to report results lower than point three parts per billion.
Auburn City Councillor Jimmy Giannettino tells Finger Lakes News Radio it’s a concern that was first raised last year.
Giannettino formed the group with Councillor Terry Cuddy after they learned the cyanotoxin issue wasn’t resonating with residents.
The meeting will also focus on advocating for the Phase 1 assessment of the Owasco Lake watershed and the call for a limit on the Total Daily Maximum Load, the pollution plan the state could implement for an impaired water body.