Senator Pam Helming and Assemblyman Gary Finch were at Wells College and Emerson Park on Wednesday to officially announce the state has earmarked $700,000 for the fight against Harmful Algal Blooms in the Cayuga and Owasco Lakes.
Speaking at the noon hour stop at the Emerson Park Pavilion, Senator Helming spoke about securing the funding for a carbon treatment system for the Wells College water treatment plant.
Assemblyman Finch reminded those in attendance that it wasn’t that long ago that farmers felt like they were not welcome at Lake Day events.
The Owasco Watershed Lake Association (OWLA) will receive $200,000 from the state to set up several monitoring stations in the tributaries that feed Owasco Lake.
OWLA President Ken Kudla says it could take 18 months or longer to receive the funds from the state, and by that time the monitoring technology could change and help give stakeholders a better idea of what is leading to the blue-green algae that causes the HABs.