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Canandaigua to reopen Kershaw Beach

Aug 23, 2019

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After word from the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association earlier in the week that some beaches were closed due to the presence of blue-green algae, the association provided an update on Friday.

The watershed manager says the New York State Health Department will allow the City of Canandaigua to reopen Kershaw Beach based on recent test results.

However, Deep Run Beach, Onanda Beach and Butler (Schoolhouse) Beach will remain closed due to test results indicated that microcystin toxin levels exceed the state threshold for re-opening the beach.

The health department also completed testing of the 6 water providers- Newark, Palmyra, Canandaigua, Gorham, Rushville and Bristol Harbor.  The test results  for the treated water from those providers  came back as non-detectable for the microcystin toxin. 

Association representatives say that based on the beach testing results they  strongly suggest that beach-goers continue to use caution before entering the water and look for any signs of algae.

You can check out the DEC photo gallery for examples.