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Phytoplankton Data from Owasco, Seneca, and Skaneateles Lakes, Finger Lakes Region, New York, 2019–2020

November 23, 2021

This U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) data release provides phytoplankton data collected as part of an advanced harmful algae bloom (HAB) monitoring study conducted in collaboration with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). Samples were collected biweekly in association with continuous monitoring platforms in Owasco, Seneca, and Skaneateles Lakes, Finger Lakes Region, New York and one opportunistic bloom sample site at Emerson Park Boat Launch in Owasco Lake. The platforms were deployed from May-November in 2019 and June-October in 2020. This dataset includes all routine and quality assurance/quality control samples collected at the four sampling locations on the three lakes: three routinely monitored platform sites (one per lake), and one site at the Emerson Park Boat Launch in Owasco Lake where an opportunistic bloom sample was collected. Phytoplankton were identified to the lowest possible taxonomic level, and abundance (density reported as both natural units and cells) and biovolume are reported. All data are reported as raw calculated values and are not rounded to USGS significant figures. This data release was produced in compliance with the open data requirements to make scientific data associated with USGS research efforts and publications available to the public.