Harmful Blue Green Algae found on eastern shore of Conesus Lake

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MOUNT MORRIS, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Livingston County Health Department reports harmful algal blooms (Blue Green Algae) have been found along Conesus Lake’s eastern shore.

The toxins from blooms become a concern when a high level of them are present in water.

The health department is monitoring the algae blooms. If the bloom continues, Conesus Lake water samples may be collected.

If you come into contact with the algae in lake water, it may result in health issues like:

  • Itching
  • Rashes
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Upper respiratory symptoms
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

You should seek medical advice if you have any of these symptoms.

The department maintains the public water supply is safe for drinking.

You are advised not to drink lake water or use it for cooking or for pets.

Avoid swimming, wading, or any direct contact with the lake water that has scum on the surface or is discolored.

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.