CONESUS LAKE – A blue-green algae bloom has recently been found in the Southeast area of Conesus Lake, in the area of Southern Shores Campground.
According to a health advisory from the Livingston County Department of Health, they are monitoring for algae blooms and may collect samples of the water if the bloom is concentrated and persistent. They said that the public water supply is safe for drinking.
“At this time, visual monitoring has detected the presence of blue-green algae in the noted area,” said the Health Department.
The advisory says that contact with the algae may result in some health effects such as itching, rashes, fever, headache, upper respiratory symptoms, vomiting and diarrhea, but symptoms are not caused only by blue-green algae contact. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you should seek medical advice. Individuals are advised not to drink or use the lake water for cooking and do not swim, wade, play, or come into direct
contact with water that is discolored or has ‘scum’ on the surface.
Pets should not be allowed to drink or to come into contact with discolored water. If contact occurs, wash with soap and clean water to
remove algal material. Always rinse after coming into contact with any surface water whether or not a blue-green algae bloom is present. Avoid contact with surface water when open cuts or wounds are present on the body.
Blue-green algae is toxic and sporadically blooms on the lake at unpredictable times. Some years are worse than others. The algae caused no public health advisories in 2015, but in 2014 large mats of algae made the water temporarily hazardous to swimmers and pets.
The Health Department says that blooms occur when algae multiply very rapidly over a short period of time, usually in calm, warm, water.
The toxins in blue-green algae are a concern when there is a high level present in the water. Blue-green algae blooms may persist in varying degrees and a various locations throughout the summer and fall seasons.
Questions may be directed to the Livingston County Department of Health at (585) 243-7280 Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also reach the Department of Health after business hours or on weekends by calling the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office at (585) 243-7100 and asking for the Public Health Duty Officer.