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Skaneateles Lake Algae Blooms Pose No Danger to City's Drinking Water Supply, Officials Say

Initial tests show the dangerous blue-green algae blooms in Skaneateles Lake have not affected the city’s water supply. Testing done by the city water department and health department officials this weekend shows the blooms do contain elevated levels of toxin, but have not turned up in tap water. Still, it might make some residents a bit uneasy. Professor of Biochemistry at SUNY ESF and Director of the Great Lakes Research Consortium Greg Boyer acknowledges the blooms are quite rare for this...

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Syracuse and the Erie canal will be in the international spotlight starting Sunday when the World Canals Conference gets underway.  This year marks the bicentennial of the start of construction of  the canal, and WAER News is kicking off a series this week exploring three key locations along the canal route.  We start with the Erie Canal Museum downtown.

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Initial tests show the dangerous blue-green algae blooms in Skaneateles Lake have not affected the city’s water supply.  Testing done by the city water department and health department officials this weekend shows the blooms do contain elevated levels of toxin, but have not turned up in tap water.  Still, it might make some residents a bit uneasy.  Professor of Biochemistry at SUNY ESF and Director of the Great Lakes Research Consortium Greg Boyer acknowledges the blooms are quite rare for this particular lake.

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