The swimming area at Taughannock Falls State Park is normally packed full of people on a sunny 82-degree day in Tompkins County, but a health concern has turned it into a ghost town.
“This whole section would be full, and plenty of people would be pushed to the grass when sunbathing, but not today,” said 16-year-old Lenna Georgiadis, of Interlaken, who goes to Charles O. Dickerson High School in Trumansburg and has been a lifeguard at the park for two months. “Summer camps spend a lot of time on the beach too but today they are over in the playground and other sections of the park.”
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which had already spotted harmful blue-green algae blooms at the north end of Cayuga Lake, recently received visual confirmation of the algae at the southern end of the lake. The discovery prompted the closing of Taughannock Falls State Park as well as the beach at the Ithaca Yacht Club.