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Ongoing Project: Onondaga Lake

Lars Rudstam, Kim Schulz (SUNY-ESF), Dave Matthews (UFI), Christopher Gandino (Onondaga County)

Although the funded work on Onondaga Lake is completed, we are continuing with analysis of the 20-year data set on the recovery of the lake and the ensuing changes in the food web.  We are currently working up the phytoplankton data for publication, and continue annual mussel surveys. Interestingly, goby invasion led to a mussel decline and a return of zebra mussels as the most abundant of the two species; changes that were predicted from experiments at CBFS in 2013 and 2014.  Water quality of the lake continues to be much improved.