Lake Health Alert – June 15, 2016:

The presence of blue-green algae (BGA) blooms has been detected in the areas of Lakeside Park and the Willow Bank Yacht Club.

BGA or cyanobacteria, can become very abundant in warm, shallow, undisturbed surface water that receives a lot of sunlight. When such blooms are present, exposure can cause health effects in people and animals if in contact, swallowed or when airborne droplets are inhaled.

Swimming and other contact with the water in these areas is not recommended.

Further information on the health concerns and guidance on avoiding exposure to BGA can be found on the NY State Department of Health’s website:

http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/bluegreenalgae.htm