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Seminar

Seminar: Finger Lakes Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

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Register today to attend this Aug. 9 seminar, "Algae Blooms, Cyanotoxins, and the Challenges to Provide Safe, Potable Water."

Algal blooms can be dramatic and somewhat unpredictable and the summer of 2016 proved to be quite the challenge for many lake users and potable water supply owners for several of the Finger Lakes.

The operation of a potable water supplies can be the most challenging aspect of these recent algal blooms since many of these algal species, specifically cyanobacteria, are capable of producing toxins that adversely affect both the aesthetic quality of water as well as create potential health hazards for those on potable water supply using these surface waters as their raw water source.

Technologies for treatment of potable water supplies containing harmful algae and/or algal toxins will be reviewed including the efficacy for treatment of a broad range of toxins as well as the potential to achieve synergies with other emerging potable water treatment issues such as disinfection byproducts and trace organic contaminants. The discussion will be in the context of a case study of the public water supplies that draw water from Owasco Lake.

PRESENTERS
  • Tony Prestigiacomo, Research Scientist II, Finger Lakes Water Hub
  • Frank DeOrio, Senior Technical Manager, OBG Operations
  • Rick Gell, Senior Managing Engineer, OBG
  • Tony Vodacek, RIT
  • Scott Cook, Research Scientist III and Supervisor, Finger Lakes Water Hub
AGENDA
  • 2 p.m. — Welcome, Lisa Cleckner, FLI and JT Hufnagel, USGBC
  • 2:25 p.m. — HABs Background and Health Issues, Tony Prestigiacomo, Research Scientist II, Finger Lakes Water Hub
    • General overview of harmful algal blooms and water quality, specifically why they are harmful
  • 2:45 p.m. — Visual Assessments, Tony Vodacek, RIT
    • Technologies for remote sensing and monitoring of cyanobacteria and HABs including satellite imagery and drones
  • 3:15 p.m. — Break
  • 3:30 p.m. — Algae Blooms, Cyanotoxins, and the Challenges to Provide Safe, Potable Water, Rick Gell and Frank J. DeOrio, OBG
  • 3:55 p.m. — Finger Lakes Water Hub, Scott Cook, Research Scientist III and Supervisor
    • Actions to protect sources waters including nonpoint source pollution prevention, others
  • 4:20 p.m. — Panel Discussion and Q&A
  • 5 p.m. — Networking Reception
  • 5:30 p.m. — Old Fashion Barbeque Dinner including vegetarian sides
TRAVEL

Free public parking is available along South Main St. (Rt. 14). Additional parking is available in the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Medbery Parking Lot located on Pulteney Street across from the HWS Scandling Center. View map and directions.

SPONSORS
corning finger lakes institute obg ny state of opportunity - department of environmental conservation