Bloom of cyanobacteria
Image by Lamiot

Bloom of cyanobacteria

Harmful algal blooms may make the water look bright green or like pea soup
Image by NYS DEC

Harmful algal blooms may make the water look bright green or like pea soup

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Harmful Algal Blooms

  • Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Learn about the recent outbreak of suspicious algal blooms in Cayuga Lake.   Speakers will highlight key aspects of the ecology of toxicity of blue-green algae (also called cyanobacteria), review measures taken to protect public health, and respond to questions from the audience.  Participating Organizations will offer a wealth of HABs related information.  Refreshments will be provided.

Part A: What are "Blue-Green Algae" and what makes them bloom?

  • 9:00 - 9:05 AM: Introduction Remarks - Claire Weston, Outreach Coordinator, Community Science Institute
  • 9:05 - 9:30 AM: The Ecology of Cyanobacteria - Dr. Lisa Cleckner, Director, Finger Lakes Institute
  • 9:30 - 9:50 AM: Testing for Toxins - Dr. Steve Penningroth, Director, Community Science Institute

10:00 - 10:15 AM - First coffee break; visit participating organizations' display tables; submit questions for the speaker panel. 

Part B: HABs and Public Health

  • 10:15 - 10:35 AM: Monitoring Drinking Water and Swimming Areas for Potential HABs Toxins - Ms. Elizabeth Cameron, Director of Environmental Health, Tompkins County Health Department
  • 10:35 - 11:00 AM: Volunteer HABs Surveillance Program - Mr. Tony Presigiacomo, NYSDEC Finger Lakes Hub

11:00 - 11:15 - Second coffee break; visit participating organizations' display tables; submit questions for the speaker panel.

Part C: Panel of speakers discuss issues and respond to audience questions

  • 11:15 - 11:35 AM: Panel discussion highlights core issues
  • 11:35 - 12:00 PM: Panelists respond to written questions submitted by members of the audience

Sponsored by Community Science Institute, Cayuga Lake Watershed Network and the Floating Classroom

*Participating organizations include: Finger Lakes Institute, Tompkins County Department of Health, NYSDEC Finger Lakes Hub, Cayuga Lake Intermunicipal Organization, Southern Cayuga Lake intermunicipal Water Commission, Sustainable Tompkins, Finger Lakes PRISM, and Cornell Cooperative Extension


For more information visit www.communityscience.org or email info@communityscience.org

Fee

FREE!

Contact

Sharon Anderson
Environment Team Leader
ska2@cornell.edu
(607) 272-2292 ext. 156

Location

The Space @ GreenStar
700 West Buffalo Street
Ithaca, New York 14850