Three ingredients necessary for the blue-green algae blooms:
Nitrogen and Phosphorous flowing into Lake and the Bay
We got plenty of it flushed from the flooded lawns, in addition to the rain-caused run-offs
Lots of Sun and Heat
We had some, but as the summer is “still young”, and we will be getting lots of both
Lack of Wind
The jury is out on that one, but the No Wake zone in the bay prevents the water from being stirred by boaters (and disrupting the algae growth)
The Good News – So Far
Greg Boyer, a biochemistry professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, and his team have been monitoring water quality in Sodus Bay for a few years. This recent report card gives you a quick summary of state of Blue-Green Algae on Sodus Bay.
We will be sharing the new reports as they become available.
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