GENEVA — The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges has been awarded a $25,000 research grant to assess the role of nitrogen in harmful algae blooms in Honeoye Lake.

Collaborating with the FLI for the study will be Wright State University of Dayton, Ohio.

The grant was announced by the Great Lakes Research Consortium, in cooperation with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and its Great Lakes Program.

Honeoye Lake in Ontario County was selected as a study site due to the frequency and severity of Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) events. More than half of the 11 Finger Lakes experienced an HAB event in 2016.

The study will address the role of nitrogen in promoting the blooms and will provide essential data for developing future models to predict HABs and their toxicity.

“Our Great Lakes ecosystems are very complex, highly treasured and ever-changing,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “It is imperative we continue to expand our scientific knowledge on these waters and evaluate what management actions are needed to sustain the unique qualities of the Great Lakes, its watersheds and its communities.”

The grant was one of six research grants totaling $136,591 awarded last week.

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