June 12, 2014

Of Interest: June 12, 2014

Volunteers needed to monitor blue-green algae blooms

ESSEX — The Lake Champlain Committee seeks volunteers for its blue-green algae monitoring program.

An information session, open to those who just want to learn more about the potentially dangerous phenomenon or anyone interested in becoming a summer monitor, is set for 1 p.m. today at the Essex New York Town Office.

LCC blue-green algae monitors provide weekly observations about water quality from designated locations around the lake from mid June through Labor Day. To become a monitor, you need to attend a training session, have weekly access to the same shoreline location and the ability to submit online reports. The program provides critical data on where and when blooms are happening and is relied on by municipalities, park managers, and public health and environmental agencies to assess whether the water is safe for recreation.

For more information, go to or call (802) 658-1414.

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Gas prices decline around New York

NEW YORK — Average retail gasoline prices in New York have fallen 0.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.85 a gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 6,118 gas outlets in New York.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.63 a gallon, according to 

Including the change in gas prices in New York during the past week, prices Sunday were 13.1 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 3.5 cents lower than a month ago.

The national average has increased 0.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 0.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

“It’s been yet another boring week at the pump with gasoline prices seeing relative calm,” said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.

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