BFS Releases Additional Testing Updates

SUNY Oneonta’s Biological Field Station team completed another round of water quality testing at Otsego Lake shoreline sites on Tuesday, September 12. Colonies of the cyanobacteria Microcystis were present in moderate to high abundance; microcystin toxins were present, but remained low in most locations.…


News Briefs: August 17, 2023

Otsego Land Trust received $14,780.00 as one of this year’s 19 Preserve New York grants to fund structural analysis and condition assessment at Brookwood Point. The study will consider restoration work of the historic property and evaluate ways to improve public amenities while maintaining the “secret garden” atmosphere.…


BFS Completes July Water Sampling

The SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station collected open water samples and water quality data from Otsego Lake on Wednesday, July 12. Colonies of microcystis, the genus of cyanobacteria responsible for the recent spate of harmful algae blooms in Upstate New York water bodies, were visible in surface waters. No cyanoHAB conditions have been documented to date.…

Flying Boat, 30 Families Join OLA Parade

The Otsego Lake Association held its annual “We Love Our Lake” Boat Parade at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 3. At least 30 boats participated in the decoration contest, with many more joining for part of the route or observing from the sidelines. This year’s parade had a special guest participant, Geoff Nye, who flew in to follow the lineup in his flying boat, “The Buccaneer.”…


Clark Foundation Grants Support for Continued HAB Testing by BFS

Biological Field Station Research Support Specialist Holly Waterfield conducts harmful algal bloom testing on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown. (Photo provided) Clark Foundation Grants Support forContinued HAB Testing by BFS ONEONTA Generous new grants from The Clark Foundation will allow researchers at SUNY Oneonta’s Biological Field Station in Cooperstown to continue to monitor and study the presence of harmful algal blooms on Otsego Lake, just in time for the summer season. Earlier this spring, The Clark Foundation Board of Directors approved…


Northrup: HABs: Mitigation, Not Messaging

Letter from Chip Northrup HABs: Mitigation, Not Messaging The local NGOs have taken the lead in addressing the harmful algal blooms in Lake Otsego with a “messaging” workshop. Good. Since the messaging thus far has been a bit mixed if not confusing. Some groups are focused on monitoring the situation—also helpful if done within the context of a mitigation plan. What’s missing thus far is a DEC approved mitigation plan to reduce the inflow of nutrients into the lake. We…


Lord: Zamelis Piece Buried Last Week

Letter from Paul Lord Zamelis Piece Buried Last Week Please help me here. I want to thank you for publishing lawyer Zamelis’ letter in the March 16 edition of “The Freeman’s Journal,” but I also want to understand why that news, if it is true, was buried on page 8. It appears Zamelis’ story is the most important local news found in that edition of “The Freeman’s Journal.” Why is there no mention of the story on page 1? Will…


Howarth: Lake Association Has HAB Update

Letter from Jim Howarth Lake AssociationHas HAB Update A recent article in “The Freeman’s Journal” asked, “Do Blooms Also Like It Cold?’’ and comments questioned what is being done to address our harmful algal blooms—HABs. The answer is, a lot. We consider Otsego Lake to be unique—and in many ways it is. But one of the ways it is not unique is its susceptibility to HABs. Hundreds of bodies of water in the Northeast have experienced HABs recently. The causes…

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