CONESUS – Small patches of toxic blue-green algae are still clinging to the shallows after the weekend’s rains.
Acoording to a press release from the Livingston County Department of Health, they have identified small localized blooms which may still be present in stagnant shoreline areas in the northeast area of Conesus Lake now that large blooms have dissipated after recent rains.
The large algae blooms were most recently found on the East shoreline from the Conesus Lake Boat Launch to the North end of the Lake.
The Department of Health’s health advisory at this time is as follows:
Blooms occur when algae multiply very rapidly over a short period of time, usually in calm, warm, water. There are thousands of different algae species, however, a few of these may produce toxins. The toxins are a concern when there is a high level present in the water.
The Livingston County Department of Health is monitoring for algae blooms and may collect samples of the water if the bloom is concentrated and persistent. Blue-green algae blooms may persist in varying degrees and at various locations throughout the summer and fall seasons.
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. Contact with the algae may result in some health effects such as itching, rashes, fever, headache, upper respiratory symptoms, vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms are not just caused by blue-green algae contact.
If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you should seek medical advice. You are advised not to drink or use untreated lake water for cooking and do not swim, wade, play, or come into direct contact with water that is discolored or has scums 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.
Questions may be directed to the Livingston County Department of Health. The Livingston County Department of Health can be reached 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 Department at (585)243-7100 and asking for the Public Health Duty Officer.