Harmful algae bloom found on throughout Conesus Lake

CONESUS LAKE, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Livingston County Department of Health (LCDH) Friday warned that harmful blue green algae blooms have been found throughout Conesus Lake.

The LCDH just Monday warned that blooms were found on the eastern shore of Conesus Lake.

The LCDH reiterated Friday that the public water supply is safe for drinking.

Blue green algae usually bloom in warm, still water, and can create toxins in high concentrations.

The LCDH is advising people not to drink the lake water or use it for cooking, and not to swim, wade, or come into direct contact with any water that is discolored or has scum on its surface.

If contact has occurred, the health department advises you to wash the area with soap and clean water to remove the algal material.

Any questions can be directed to the Livingston County Health Department on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by emailing dept-of-health@co.livingston.ny.us.