Blue-green algae found in Canandaigua Lake

Blue-green algae is back in Canandaigua Lake. Samples being taken today will test for toxins. People are urged to stay away from blue-green algae being reported in many areas. Canandaigua Lake Watershed Program Manager Kevin Olvany said areas of most concern are mid-lake and along the east side though you may see blue-green algae anywhere in the lake.

The warm, sunny weather is adding to troubles. “It is popping up more each day,” Olvany said. He is out today with other staff to collect samples that will be sent to SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry for testing.

According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Canandaigua is one of 55 waterbodies in the state with confirmed or suspected blue-green algae blooms. Others on the list include Cayuga, Honeoye, Keuka, and Skaneateles lakes.

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