The season for harmful algal blooms in upstate New York State waters has arrived and Cayuga Lake has the most confirmed reports.
According to the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation HABs map, there have been 23 confirmed blooms of toxic algae on Cayuga Lake in the past two weeks. No other body of water in the state shows more than three current blooms.
The Cayuga Lake flowers include several along the Cayuga County shoreline. Last week, the Cayuga County Health Department said the HABs forced the closure of swimming areas at the Wells College Wharf and Camp Casper Gregory Beach.
The Wells College wharf area remained closed to swimming on Tuesday morning, with another confirmed bloom reported as late as Monday, according to the Aurora Village website.
HAB – July 20
The State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Harmful Algal Blooms Map shows 23 confirmed blooms in Cayuga County in the past two weeks.
Current Cayuga Lake blooms are distributed throughout, with 12 in Cayuga County, six in Seneca County, and five in Tompkins County.
No other active HABs were confirmed in Cayuga County on Tuesday, according to the DEC map.
HABs can cause a range of health problems when contacted by people and pets. So far, the blooms detected in Cayuga Lake have not affected any drinking water supply.