New York State DEC notes algal blooms

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is noting seven algal blooms reported within the past two weeks on Chautauqua Lake.

Algal blooms start in the area near Long Point State Park and proceed south, including in Lakewood, Greenhurst, Celoron and in the Chadakoin River near West Eighth Street. Lakewood Village Beach has been closed because of blue-green algae. Chautauqua Institution’s children’s and college/pier beaches have received satisfactory bacteria samples, with decisions on whether or not to close the beaches made at the beach. Long Point State Park, meanwhile, remains open after water sampling on Tuesday.

The algal blooms on Chautauqua Lake are among the 60 blooms reported in the past two weeks in New York state on waterbodies ranging from Long Island to Western New York and in bodies of water ranging from small park ponds to a bay off of Lake Ontario.

State Health Department officials remind those who want to visit area bodies of water not to swim, fish, boat or wade in areas with algal blooms and not to eat fish caught from areas with blooms. People and pets who come into contact with algal blooms should rinse with clean water.

Despite the presence of algal blooms on Lake Erie in Pennsylvania, Lake Erie beaches in the town of Hanover, Sunset Bay/Cabana Sam’s and Point Gratiot East have satisfactory water quality. Wright Park East was listed as unsatisfactory and was to be resampled on Tuesday. Lake Erie State Park’s beach is also open.

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