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Cuomo fights back against harmful algal blooms on local lakes

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It may be winter, but state environmental officials are already planning for next spring, and the health of our local lakes. 

They’re trying to fight the harmful algal blooms and it starts with a huge investment of money.

Conesus Lake in Livingston County is one of 12 lakes recognized by the state as a body of water that is vulnerable to harmful algal blooms.

Essentially, bacteria forms, thanks to a list of different factors from pollution to grass shavings, and New York’s Governor Cuomo is taking a stand. 

“It’s a threat to our drinking water,” Cuomo said. 

Cuomo says they are working to find action plans to identify why this happens and how to clean the lakes. 

“I would argue that it’s an investment, we’re talking about a precious commodity,” said Cuomo.

That investment might help prevent what happened this summer, when two algal blooms over Conesus Lake. 

Mark Grove, director of environmental health in Livingston County says our hands are tied. 

“We’re really starting now to understand what causes them and we have yet to find how to prevent them in some ways,” said Grove. 

This potential project would bring in researchers from across the nation to solve the problem locally, and globally.

“It’s a victory for everyone, not only in New York State, but I think it sounds like New York would be on the forefront of research,” said Grove.

These harmful algal blooms occur mainly during the summer, but these plans now could get the projects going through 2018.

Some of the potential research done on the lake could be used in other parts of the state and other parts of the country in the future, as every body of water could be impacted by harmful algal blooms.

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