Algae watch on Keuka Lake

Those who live on and love to swim in Keuka Lake are becoming more watchful of their shoreline after algae that could cause health problems was identified on the lake’s surface last week.

Swimming areas at Penn Yan’s Red Jacket and Indian Pines Parks remained closed through the weekend, Monday, and at least part of Tuesday while State Department of Health officials conducted tests to determine if algae blooms here are of the harmful type that can pose a danger to humans or pets.

The Department of Health ordered the swimming areas closed Friday, Aug. 4 after the presence of blue green algae was confirmed by observation. Monday, a DOH official visited the swimming areas to gather water samples. Penn Yan Village officials expected to hear the test results sometime Tuesday afternoon. Check www.yatescountypublichealth.org for the most up-to-date information about the status of the swimming areas.

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