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Increase in blue-green algae causes some beach closings in Canandaigua

Aug 21, 2019

Credit www.co.ontario.ny.us

The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association says due to what it calls a “substantial increase in blue green algae” on parts of Canandaigua Lake over the last 24 to 48 hours, some beaches have been closed.

The Department of Health has been working with beach operators and municipal officials around the lake.

The following beaches have been closed until further notice: Kershaw Beach, Deep Run, West Lake Road School House Beach, Onanda Park and the Canandaigua Yacht Club’s private beach.

Watershed staff and trained volunteers have been out surveying stretches of the lake and shoreline to collect samples and provide reports to help assess overall lake conditions.

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and watershed staff will be out on the lake Thursday performing additional testing and assessments.

The Watershed Association urges people to use caution before entering the water, and to stay out of the water in areas where there are signs of algae bloom. (you can check out the DEC photo gallery for examples).

Also, dogs are especially vulnerable to harmful algae blooms since they drink a lot of water when in the lake.