Updated: 05/15/2014 7:02 AM
Created: 05/15/2014 3:57 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
Sen. Charles Schumer says toxic algae found in 96 upstate New York lakes, including four in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region, could contaminate drinking water and hurt tourism.
The Democrat is asking the Environmental Protection Agency for guidance to help local water treatment plants test and treat the toxins in the drinking water as well as criteria to help identify contaminated water.
Schumer said Wednesday the algae blooms are a result of climate change, aging sewer systems and the runoff from melting snow that may contain phosphorous.