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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

HOP ON-BOARD AT THE ITHACA ARTISTS' MARKET!

The MV Haendel will be at the Ithaca Farmers' Market on Friday July 29 for the Artists' Market! Stop by to view some water-related art, including "A Year in the Life of Six Mile Creek" OR take an art-cruise (4-5pm) or a sunset cruise (7-9pm) Call for reservations!
ALGAE BLOOM UNDERWAY?



Lots of spring rain and a warm summer are setting the stage for significant algae blooms in lakes throughout the northeast. Cayuga is no exception! During recent cruises, we've recorded the presence of dense plankton populations and the arrival of the cyanobacteria anaebaena (pictured here) and microcystis. Help keep an eye on the state of Cayuga Lake during our July 28 eco-cruise (4-6pm) and other upcoming events!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Eventful Week on the Lake!



Our crew completed a fun week on Cayuga Lake to kick off the summer, starting off with help from the GIAC Summer Conservation Corps, who complete their first round of water monitoring. On Thursday, we hosted the ScienCenter for out first collaborative eco-cruise! A boat-full of families experimented with bouyancy and explored the relationship between water temperatures and water density in Cayuga - way cool!



Finally, on Sunday, our eco-cruisers participated in the North American Secchi Dip-in, a great citizen-science experiment, designed to help people across the continent gather information about their lakes. Cayuga's water clarity, as measured by Secchi disk readings, is running at about 2 meters (as of July 10). This is pretty murky for Cayuga and may have a profound impact on the lake as the summer unfolds. We'll see....