At the end of June, 2016 blue-green algae was spotted at the south end of Conesus Lake, according to the Livingston County Department of Health.
Blooms of potentially toxic blue-green algae are continuing to pop up along the eastern shore of Conesus Lake.
The Livingston County Department of Health warned that algal blooms, possibly accompanied by harmful toxins, have been observed at various locations on the eastern shore of the lake, located about 20 miles south of Rochester.
Since then the problem has spread, with blooms appearing and dying off in a number of spots.
End of June is earlier than normal for blue/green algae bloom in our region.
With warm weather algae blooms are showing up at the Second Creek and other areas of Sodus Bay.
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
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.
READ Sodus Bay Algal Bloom Q & A prepared by Wayne County Emergency Management OfficeClick to Read Q&A Document