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Taughannock closed for weekend due to suspected Harmful Algal Bloom

Following reports of a suspected algal bloom at Taughannock Falls State Park, the swimming area has been closed for the weekend until further notice.

Cayuga Lake is currently being monitored for Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB's), a visually identifiable bacteria which is blue or green in color and slightly resembles wet paint.

People are advised to steer clear of the toxic bacteria, which is especially harmful to elderly people, those with weaker immune systems, dogs, and other pets according to Fred Bonn, director of the Finger Lakes State Park Region.

Taughannock, which was open to the public on Friday morning, was closed by the afternoon after a bloom was spotted off the shore, Bonn said.

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