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Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Action Plans

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About Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plans

New York State's Water Quality Rapid Response Team, national experts and local stakeholders collaboratively developed Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Action Plans for twelve priority lakes that are vulnerable to HABs, are critical sources of drinking water, and are vital tourism drivers. These twelve lakes were chosen as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's State of the State HAB initiative because they represent a wide range of conditions and vulnerabilities, and the lessons learned will be applied to other impacted waterbodies moving forward.

Inside the Plans

Each action plan identifies contributing factors fueling HABs and immediate actions that can be taken to reduce the sources of pollution that spark algal blooms.

Specifically, each lake's action plan includes:

  • Lake Background
  • Designated Uses
  • User and Stakeholder Groups
  • Monitoring Efforts
  • Water Quality Conditions
  • Summary of HABs in the Lake
  • Waterbody Assessment
  • Conditions Triggering HABs
  • Sources of Pollutants
  • Lake Management / Water Quality Goals
  • Summary of Management Actions to Date
  • Proposed HABs Actions

Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plans

Cayuga Lake

Cayuga Lake Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan (PDF, 12 MB)

Chautauqua Lake

Chautauqua Lake Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan (PDF, 12 MB)

Conesus Lake

Conesus Lake Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan (PDF, 10 MB)

Honeoye Lake

Honeoye Lake Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan (PDF, 11 MB)

Lake Carmel

Lake Carmel Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan (PDF, 7 MB)

Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan (PDF, 13 MB)

Lake George

Lake George Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan (PDF, 12 MB)

Monhagen-Middletown Reservoir System

Monhagen-Middletown Reservoir System Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan (PDF, 6 MB)

Owasco Lake

Owasco Lake Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan (PDF, 11 MB)

Palmer Lake

Palmer Lake Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan (PDF, 7 MB)

Putnam Lake

Putnam Lake Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan (PDF, 7 MB)

Skaneateles Lake

Skaneateles Lake Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan (PDF, 8 MB)

Local Action Needed

Local support and implementation of each plan's recommended actions are crucial to successfully preventing and combatting HABs. The New York State Water Quality Rapid Response Team has established a one-stop shop funding portal and stands ready to assist all localities in securing funding and expeditiously implementing priority projects.

Communities and watershed organizations are encouraged to review the plan for their lake, particularly the proposed actions, and work with state and local partners to implement those recommendations. Individuals can get involved with local groups and encourage their communities or organizations to act.

Steering committee members are encouraged to coordinate with their partners to submit funding applications to complete implementation projects. See below for more information on these funding opportunities.

This Action Plan is intended to be a 'living document' and interested members of the public are encouraged to submit comments and ideas to DOWInformation@dec.ny.gov to assist with HABs prevention and treatment moving forward.

Funding Opportunities

The New York State Water Quality Rapid Response Team will help coordinate the implementation of action plan recommendations actions for the twelve priority waterbodies listed above, as well as any waterbody impacted by HABs statewide. Governor Cuomo has made available nearly $60 million in implementation funding this year to begin projects. Eradicating HABs is a long-term effort that will require active collaboration at all levels of government and citizen engagement moving forward. The state has prioritized funding for many of the projects identified in the Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plans, including the following:

Funding Source Eligible Applicants Priority Actions

Water Quality Improvement Project Program
(Deadline for application: July 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM)

Municipalities, municipal corporations, soil and water conservation districts; for land acquisition, not-for-profit corporations are also eligible Projects to reduce polluted runoff from diverse non-agricultural sources, green infrastructure, nutrient treatment upgrades at wastewater plants, projects to limit internal recycling of nutrients within a lake, and land acquisition to buffer drinking water sources.

Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant
(Deadline for application: July 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM)

Municipalities with median household income equal to or less than $65,000 according to the United States Census 2015 American Community Survey or equal to or less than $85,000 for Long Island, NYC and Mid-Hudson REDC regions Smaller grants to support initial engineering reports and plans for wastewater treatment repairs and upgrades that are necessary for municipalities to successfully submit a complete application for grants and low interest financing.

Clean Water Infrastructure Act (CWIA) Septic Program
(Deadline for application: varies by participating county)

Funds county- sponsored and administered household septic repair grants. Repair and replace existing, yet failing, household septic systems in hot-spot areas of priority watersheds via grants channeled through participating counties.

CWIA Inter-Municipal Grant Program
(Deadline for application: September 7, 2018)

Municipalities, municipal corporations, soil and water conservation districts Wastewater treatment plant construction, retrofit outdated stormwater management facilities, install municipal sanitary sewer infrastructure.

CWIA Source Water Protection Land Acquisition Grant Program
(Deadline for application: July 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM)

Municipalities, municipal corporations, soil and water conservation districts, not-for-profits such as land trusts Land Acquisition Projects for Source Water Protection; administered as an important new part of the Water Quality Improvement Project program.

Agricultural Non-Point Source Pollution Control Grants
(Deadline for application: August 20, 2018 at 4:30 PM)

Soil and water conservation districts Projects to reduce polluted runoff from agricultural sources through the planning and implementation of Best Management Practices such as cover crops, riparian buffers and nutrient management systems.

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Waste Storage and Transfer Program Grants
(Deadline for application: August 6, 2018 at 4:30 PM)

Soil and water conservation districts Implementation of comprehensive nutrient management plans through the completion of agricultural waste storage and transfer systems on larger livestock farms.

Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Grants
(Deadline for application: September 7, 2018)

Municipalities

Grants for capital projects to upgrade or repair wastewater treatments plants and to abate combined sewer overflows, including projects to install heightened nutrient treatment systems.

Green Innovation Grant Program
(Deadline for application: July 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM)

Municipalities, state agencies, private entities, soil and water conservation districts Grants for projects to install transformative green stormwater infrastructure.

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