Cuomo plans to spend $65 million toward curbing harmful algal blooms

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Governor Cuomo is taking a stand to help protect twelve lakes across New York State. The ones across the western group would be Conesus Lake, Honeoye Lake, and Chautauqua lake. Protections would start with projects potentially funded by $65 million investment by the state.

Harmful algal blooms, or HAB’s are basically bacteria forming thanks to a list of different factors from pollution to grass shavings. These can cause health problems, kill pets, and even risk public health and clean water.

“It’s a threat to our drinking water,” said Governor Cuomo. Finding action plans to identify why, and how, to clean the lakes has become a new priority. “I would argue that it’s an investment. We’re talking about a precious commodity.”

That investment might help prevent what happened the summer of 2017, two algal blooms over over Conesus Lake. Mark Grove, director of environmental health in Livingston County says hands are tied.

“We’re really starting now to understand what causes them,” Grove. “We have yet to find how to prevent them in some ways.” These potential projects 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 projects going through 2018.

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