NY, Cornell plan $2.1 million Cayuga Lake study

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October 22, 2012

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Cornell University is proposing a $2.1 million study of phosphorus in Cayuga Lake to determine the impact of the university's Lake Source Cooling facility.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will use the water quality study to determine the total maximum daily load of phosphorus that can be safely discharged into the lake.

Cornell's Lake Source Cooling project takes frigid water from the bottom of the lake's deep end and pumps it through a heat exchanger to air-condition buildings. The warmed water is discharged to the shallow southern end of the lake. The problem is that phosphorus from the deep water will act as fertilizer for algae in the shallow end.

DEC is taking public comments on the draft discharge permit for Cornell's cooling facility until Nov. 16.

Associated Press 2012