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Balyszak, Halfman talk about lake research

Two members of the HWS faculty — Marion Balyszak, director of the Finger Lakes Institute; and John Halfman, professor of geoscience and environmental studies, were featured in a story about keeping the Finger Lakes clean in the Monday, Feb. 25 issue of The Ithaca Journal.

Balyszak said “What really is needed for a lot of these lakes are good, intermunicipal efforts with uniform approaches,” including zoning policies and stormwater management.

Halfman offered an example of a threat to the water in the lakes: a specific chemical used in growing corn, warning that more land planted in corn for ethanol could further increase the levels of that herbicide, which has been related to birth defects, male sterility and breast cancer.

Balyszak has a bachelor's from State University College at Oswego and more than a decade of administrative experience in water quality issues. She serves on a number of regional water quality committees, and provides leadership for the Institute and development of a comprehensive, externally funded program at the Colleges that fosters research, education, and community service concerning the Finger Lakes. She frequently presents programs on water quality issues.

Halfman, a member of the faculty since 1994, holds a B.S. from the University of Miami, an M.S. from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from Duke. He has monitored the quality of the water in the Finger Lakes from aboard the “J.B. Snow,” and done high-resolution geophysical studies from aboard “The William Scandling” and other vessels, and examined sedimentation, limnology and surface hydrogeology in the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario.

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