Hot, dry summers, like the one we are having here in the Upstate New York, often come with toxic blue-green algae blooms.

Dr. Greg Boyer from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and his team monitor water quality of Sodus Bay weekly. Here’s what he shared with us during his resent sample collection around the bay.

Save Our Sodus (SOS) 2016 Annual Fundraising Campaign

Our Mission Statement:

To Preserve, Protect and Improve Great Sodus Bay

SOS is a non-profit organization. Members of the board of directors, listed below, serve on a voluntary basis:

 Dave McDowell (president) Dave Parker, Chris Tertinek, Mike Virts, Dave Scudder, Sue Bassage, Tom Yale, Jim Gocker, Ed Leroux, Kevin Mullaney, Dan McCullough

Our Accomplishments:

  • Purchased stream instrumentation to monitor harmful contaminants entering the Bay

  • On-going data gathering from Bay buoys to anticipate the emergence of blue/green algae

  • Participate in wetland restoration of Sodus Bay tributaries to minimize contaminants entering the Bay

  • Continue to strongly oppose the International Joint Commission Plan 2014;

  • Coordinate annual water chestnut pull and identification of other invasive species;

  • Facilitate shoreline restoration repairs to the east-west breakwater that protects Sodus Bay

  • Partner with SUNY ESF, Wayne County Soil and Water, Nature Conservancy and others

In order to continue with our mission, your financial help would be appreciated. SOS is a 501C3 organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.



Please make the check payable to Save Our Sodus and send it to:

Save Our Sodus P.O. Box 56 Sodus Point, NY 14555

Attention Sodus Bay residents and guests:

A very slight toxic bloom near the shore of Oak Park Marina was recorded last week.

As a precaution it is recommended that people and pets avoid contact with visible algae.

Please click on a link to open a report prepared by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Sodus Bay Blue-Green-Algae Report 07.29.16  (a pdf file)

If you would like to request a visual and blue-green algae toxin analysis at SUNY ESF you can submit a sample with a filled-out request form.

Click to download Request Form

Data Collection Instruments in the Bay

Save Our Sodus (SOS) has purchased data collection instruments that monitor the water quality of the Bay. The data can provide us and our partners at SUNY ESF with information that we can possibly predict when blue/green algae might appear. If you are out in the Bay you will see the monitoring instruments at various locations on the Bay.

The blooms appear when the organism multiplies very rapidly over a short period of time, usually in calm, warm water.

Blue-green algae is concerning because has toxins when there is a high level of algae in the water. Contact with it may result in side effects including itching, rashes, fever, headache, upper respiratory symptoms, vomiting and diarrhea.

People are advised to not drink or use the lake water for cooking; any swimming, wading or other forms of direct contact with water containing blue-green algae should be avoided. Pets should also be kept away from the water.


We Need Your Support

SOS relies solely on donations from stakeholders in the effort to Preserve, Protect and Improve Great Sodus Bay. Please join us in making Sodus Bay the Great Bay that it is – DONATE!

READ Sodus Bay Algal Bloom Q & A prepared by Wayne County Emergency Management Office

CLICK to read Q&A Document