The following article, by Ed Leroux, not only highlights the important content of the NYSFOLA Annual Conference but serves to point out the scope of SOS involvement in matters of importance to each of us. Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) are merely an indication of the borderline eutrophic state of the bay. Their visual impact and potential toxicity can have a devastating impact on property values and overall economic viability of the Sodus Bay area. We are fortunate this season that there have been only trace (1) confirmed sightings and zero (0) instances of toxicity. Please take a few minutes to read the entire report and view the related links. The “Sodus Bay Trends in Water Quality Report” is a condensed summary of pertinent trends since the 2010 Blue-Green outbreak that turned off activity on the bay following the August 27th D & C article. My hope is twofold: 1. that this will be informational to those who are new to the bay and to SOS and 2. that this will help the rest of us ward off complacency. I will speak of vigilance in future articles.
Dave Scudder, President
31st NYSFOLA Annual Conference
“Celebrating Lake Stewardship”
SOS was represented in two ways at the annual New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA) conference held in Hamilton NY on May 2-4 this year. As attendees and as presenters, Dave Scudder and Ed Leroux participated in this year’s conference which included such topics as Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB’s), Invasive Species, Lake Management “Toolbox” and Dam Safety. The program included both concurrent sessions and workshops as well as CSLAP (water sampling) training for new volunteers. SOS’ presentation was part of the HAB session on Saturday morning. Greg Boyer (SUNY-ESF) started the session with a tutorial on HAB’s followed by our presentation that was a recap of our efforts and activities over the past several years. This was followed by Scott Kishbaugh, Chief, NYS DEC Statewide Monitoring Department who covered the results of studies of eight NYS lakes.
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