Protecting Central New York's Waters


All across New York State, our waters are at increasing risk from harmful algal blooms (HABs).

Over the last 3 years, HABs have threatened drinking water from Owasco, Skaneateles and Cayuga Lakes and forced the closure of over 100 beaches around the state for at least part of the summer, potentially impacting communities with the loss of critical tourism revenue.

As Washington continues to gut environmental protection regulations, New York, under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, has launched the most comprehensive HAB initiative in the country to protect our water quality and address the threat from HABs.

As part of his 2018 State of the State address, the Governor launched a $65 million 4-point initiative to protect vulnerable water bodies in Upstate New York from harmful algal blooms.

Additionally, Governor Cuomo directed the state’s Water Quality Rapid Response Team to convene four regional Harmful Algal Blooms summits that bring together experts, stakeholders and community members to develop tailored action plans to address the problem.

The next HABs Summit is taking place in Central New York and we hope that you’ll attend.

Central New York
Tuesday, March 6 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
SUNY ESF Gateway Center Building
1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210
Free parking available in all ESF designated lots.

Live stream of the event available.

The Harmful Algal Blooms program builds on the State's $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act investments for water quality protection throughout New York State.

By taking aggressive actions now to combat harmful algal blooms, we will ensure the preservation of one of our most precious resources--our lakes and waterways--for years to come.

P.S. If you can’t attend the event, you can watch via livestream.