Dec 11, 2013 — Type E Botulism, a disease caused by a toxic bacteria, is back in Lake Ontario. And over the last month or so, it's killed several hundred loons, ducks and other birds.
Type E Botulism has triggered annual bird kills in several Great Lakes since the late 1990s. But they've been largely minor on Lake Ontario for the last seven years. That is until residents around Henderson Harbor and Ellisburg in Jefferson County started calling the DEC in late October. Go to full article
Feb 08, 2007 — The environmental group Save The River is kicking off a campaign to urge Seaway freighters to clean their ballast water this weekend in Alexandria Bay. At the group's annual "Winter Weekend," the new St. Lawrence Seaway chief is scheduled to make his first public appearance in the North Country. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Aug 16, 2005 — State environment officials are investigating the deaths of sea birds in the Thousand Islands area of the St. Lawrence River and along the shore of Lake Ontario. The DEC says bird carcasses tested earlier this month showed contamination with type E botulism. As Brian Mann reports, the disease can harm humans who eat birds of fish poisoned with the toxin. Go to full article