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Blue-green algae intensifies on Canandaigua Lake

Reports are coming in of bloom-green algae at shoreline areas all around Canandaigua Lake. Watershed Manager Kevin Olvany said the hot, humid weather has fueled the algae bloom. He warned people not to swim in the lake, especially near the shoreline where blue-green algae conditions are being reported. People should also keep pets out of the lake due algae toxins.

“This morning it was dead calm. At 7:30 when the sun came up it was really popping up at the shoreline,” said Olvany. He said he as been getting multiple calls from people all around the lake about the bloom. Olvany is out on the lake today checking conditions.

Messenger Post will continue to update conditions on the lake.

Exposure to any harmful algae blooms (HABs) can cause health effects in people and animals when water with blooms is touched, swallowed, or when airborne droplets are inhaled. This is true regardless of toxin levels; some blue-green algae produce toxins, while others do not. Exposure to blooms and toxins can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea or vomiting; skin, eye or throat irritation and allergic reactions or breathing difficulties. People and pets should avoid contact with blooms, and should rinse off with clean water if contact occurs. For more information go to www.health.ny.gov/harmfulalgae

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