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Algal blooms continue on Cayuga Lake, beaches and Wells dock closed

Harmful algal blooms have already been identified on Cayuga Lake this summer and some beaches are currently closed as officials await water sample results.

On July 5, a suspicious bloom was reported at the Wells College dock in Aurora and was sampled the same day by the Cayuga County Health Department. No mycrocystin toxin, one of the main worries with harmful algal blooms, was detected in the sample when it was analyzed, and the dock reopened, according to Ithaca's Community Science Institute.

But the dock and beach at Wells College, along with the beach at Camp Caspar Gregory, were closed again this week when another suspicious bloom appeared, according to Cayuga County Director of Environmental Health Eileen O'Connor.

"We can't reopen until we get a confirming sample (detecting no toxins)," she said, adding that samples from the suspicious areas of the lake were sent in Wednesday and results should be back Thursday.

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