Our new public affairs series “The Ripple Effect” dives into the local effects of climate change on our area's cherished waterways. This project is made in collaboration with the Ithaca Voice, Cornell University, the Community Science Institute, and the Ithaca College Park Scholars. We dive into water hazards affecting the Finger Lakes region, and explore how our community is managing the burden of those issues.

In the first part of The Ripple Effect, we reported on the harmful invasive species and community monitoring efforts of Cayuga Lake’s waters. In this episode of the series, you’ll hear about extreme weather patterns in the Finger Lakes, and how it impacts the quality of local drinking water. WRFI News Contributor Meaghan McElroy starts things off, and then News Contributor Lauren Leone reports on how weather impacts the quality of local drinking water.

This episode was produced by Meaghan McElroy, Lauren Leone, Anna Lamb, and directed by Michayla Savitt.