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DEC proposing new regulations to help control invasive species

— For more information, and to read the proposed rules in full, visit the DEC Division of Lands and Forests website at dec.ny.gov/regulations/2359.html and the DEC’s Oct. 23 Environmental Notice Bulletin at dec.ny.gov/enb/20131023_not0.html.

The DEC also announced last week that the notification season for blue-green algae notices has ended for 2013. The final update post containing new information about lakes with blue-green algae bloom notices was posted on Nov. 1 on the DEC’s blue-green algae blooms website, dec.ny.gov/chemical/83310.html.

The DEC monitoring programs have completed their sampling for the year. Notifications will resume in spring 2014.

Accordig to the DEC, blue-green algae may still occur on water bodies throughout the fall and possibly winter, although fewer blooms occur as wind and air temperatures rapidly decrease in the fall. Because water bodies may have blue-green algae blooms that have not been reported to DEC, the department recommends people avoid contact with floating rafts, scums and discolored water.

The DEC confirmed the presence of blue-green algal blooms in Cazenovia Lake this past August. This type of algae can be irritating — even toxic — to humans in large enough concentrations. The lake was not closed to public usage at the time, but the DEC as well as the town board cautioned lake users not to drink the lake water and warned swimmers to avoid contact with any floating rafts, scums and discolored water.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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