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Harmful Algal Blooms

Surface water quality for both drinking and recreation can be severely impacted by harmful algal blooms (HAB), which have been particularly prevalent and toxic across New York State in the past few years. Drought, as well as nutrient and micropollutant contamination, can create and exacerbate conditions that lead to HABs. WRI is working to better understand why HABs form in order to prevent and manage them in NY’s lakes and rivers.

Research Goals

  • Investigate the environmental factors and anthropogenic activities that cause HAB outbreaks in NYS water bodies with a particular emphasis on the Finger Lakes.
  • Create and promote innovative methods to rapidly detect HABs along shorelines of the Finger Lakes in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
  • Identify preventative measures and mitigation scenarios that can aid in containing HAB outbreak in NYS.
  • Explore possible methodologies for detecting and treating HAB-related toxins in the drinking water treatment process.

Outreach Goals

  • Continue to play a role in the Central NY HAB Consortium

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