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NYS To Hold Algal Bloom Summits

Courtesy of Riverkeeper

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the dates and locations of four summits supporting the state's effort to protect lakes and water bodies in upstate New York from harmful algal blooms. As WAMC’s Allison Dunne tells us, one summit will take place in the Hudson Valley.

The four evening regional summits are part of the $65 million four-point initiative unveiled in the governor's State of the State to combat harmful algal blooms in Upstate New York. The increasing frequency and duration of such blooms threaten drinking water quality and recreational use of lakes integral to tourism. The first of the summits will be held on Tuesday, February 27, in New Paltz. The nearby Wallkill River has been affected by harmful algal blooms. The summits will bring together national and state experts, and local stakeholders. The three other summits are in Syracuse, Rochester and in Ticonderoga, in the North Country.

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