Reports of algae blooms causing swimming areas to close in Finger Lakes

Updated: June 24, 2020 12:32 PM
Created: June 24, 2020 10:04 AM

HOPEWELL, N.Y. (WHEC) — There are reports of blue-green algae blooms impacting some swim areas in the Finger Lakes, causing those areas to close.

The reports are for algae appearing at Sandy Bottom Beach on Honeoye Lake in the town of Richmond. 


Health officials say that while some blue-green algae occurs in bodies of water in low numbers, some can produce toxins that could be dangerous to humans and animals.

Some symptoms of the toxins include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Eye, skin, nose and throat irritation

Officials want to remind people that any discolored-blue-green, yellow, brown and red water should be avoided.

They also say that it is safe to swim and boat in areas that do not have any algae.

For more information on the algae, you can head to the state's health website here.

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