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Algae Bloom Public Meeting Tonight

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The second of the state’s four summits to discuss the blue-green algae blooms that have plagued many lakes across New York, including Oneida Lake, is scheduled for 6 to 8 pm in the Gateway Building of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.  Parking is free in all ESF lots.

The eight-member panel includes researchers from Central New York along with top experts from across the east coast.  The panelists for tonight’s ESF summit are:


  • Greg Boyer, an ESF chemistry professor who heads of one of the state’s algae research labs.
  • Steve Willhelm, a microbiology professor at the University of Tennessee and blue-green algae expert.
  • Tim Davis, a professor at Bowling Greene State University.
  • Karl Czymmek, an associate with Cornell University who studies the impact of manure from farms on the environment.
  • Art DeGaetano, a Cornell climatology professor and a director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center.
  • Hans Paerl, a professor at the University of North Carolina who has studied algae internationally.
  • Judy Westrick, a professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, who specializes in finding ways to filter algal toxins, called microcystins, from drinking water.
  • Dave Matthews, director of the Upstate Freshwater Institute in Syracuse, who has studied water quality issues, including algae blooms, for more than 20 years.

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