If you missed our first fall conference October 24, a recording is available at the following link.
Link to conference recording on YouTube.

The conference was livestreamed 10:00 am to Noon on October 24, 2020. The conference agenda appears below.

10 am Welcome by Hilary Lambert,CLWN Steward/Executive Director

10:10 am – 10: 50am Nathaniel Launer, * Community Science Institute
Results of the 2020 Cayuga Lake Harmful Algal Blooms Monitoring Program

11:00 am – 11:40 am Ruth Richardson, ** Cornell University
Rapid tools to screen water samples for elevated microcystin.

Associate Professor Ruth Richardson of Cornell’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering will share results from two types of rapid screening approaches that were field-tested this summer on Cayuga and Canandaigua Lakes in collaboration with volunteer monitoring groups. Comparison of the kits’ results with microcystin toxin levels suggest both methods hold promise for rapid bloom toxin level screening.

11:40 am – 12:00 pm Jim White Award Presentation plus Q&A

* In his position at the Community Science Institute, Nate Launer works with the dozens of volunteer stream monitoring groups across the Cayuga Lake and adjoining watersheds, runs the HABs Harriers Harmful Algal Bloom monitoring program, and provides public outreach on these and others water quality topics.
** At Cornell, Dr. Richardson’s research has focused upon the application of molecular biological tools to improve basic understanding of microbes relevant to bioremediation, sustainable wastewater treatment and sustainable bioenergy, and to apply this understanding to the deployment of microbial processes in environmental and reactor systems. She is a long-time active supporter of citizen science and research.

Our second virtual community conference session, about hydrilla, will be announced soon!