Conditions worsened Saturday with blue-green algae and Sunday is expected to be bad as well.
Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association and Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council posted this based on reports Saturday around the lake:
We are receiving many reports that conditions around the lake are pretty bad. Volunteers are reporting surface streaking and heavy blooms along shorelines and mid-lake too. With today’s hot, humid weather the temptation to swim is there, but PLEASE use common sense and avoid bloom areas at all costs. Remember that pets are especially susceptible to the toxins that may be present in blooms as they tend to drink the water and lick their fur after swimming. It’s not worth the risk!
Conditions are likely to be similar (Sunday) with another forecast for hot, calm weather. This is ideal for cyanobacteria as they are able to regulate their buoyancy and will rise to the surface to seek the ideal conditions for their growth.
CLWA cares deeply about our lake and we are all looking for concrete reasons on why blooms are occurring with more frequency and intensity across our Finger Lakes the last several years. We are committed to working with our partners and researchers to explore these reasons and do what we can to have a local impact. While we are experiencing an active bloom situation, YOU can help in this mission by educating those close to you on how to identify blooms and avoid them. Be a water quality ambassador and help spread the word by sharing the updates!
Thanks everyone. Stay safe!Messenger Post reported earlier this month on the algae problem.
Canandaigua and Seneca lakes experienced their first toxic algae blooms in summer 2015. Algae blooms have continued to be a problem to varying degrees since then on the two lakes, which joined a growing list of waterways nationwide plagued by harmful algae blooms.
Frustration over persistent blue-green algae blooms in the Finger Lakes has numerous organizations and agencies working together on ways to mitigate the problem. Monitoring has also ramped up around the lakes with programs to engage volunteers in collecting water samples for testing. People are urged to report suspected blue-green algae to help in the effort.
According to the state Department of Health, exposure to any HABs can cause health effects in people and animals when water with blooms is touched or swallowed, or when airborne droplets are inhaled. This is true regardless of toxin levels; some blue-green algae produce toxins, while others do not. Exposure to blooms and toxins can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea or vomiting; skin, eye or throat irritation and allergic reactions; or breathing difficulties. People and pets should avoid contact with blooms, and should rinse off with clean water if contact occurs. For more information, go to www.health.ny.gov/harmfulalgae
To report suspicious blooms on Canandaigua Lake, send photos along with location and description of the conditions you are seeing to: HABs@canandaigualakeassoc.org.