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
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.