2 Skaneateles Lake beaches closed due to algae bloom scare

August 07, 2018 - 12:37 pm

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Public health officials have closed two beaches on an upstate New York lake because of a potentially toxic algae bloom.

The Post-Standard reports that Onondaga County Health Department closed the beaches on Skaneateles (skan-ee-AT'-uh-lehs) Lake on Tuesday, a day after the state Department of Environmental Conservation said it took water samples over the weekend. Tests for toxins won't be completed until later this week.

Skaneateles Lake provides drinking water for Syracuse and neighboring areas. Water contaminated by the blooms can make people sick. The toxin can kill dogs that lick it off their coats.

The algae, actually a type of bacteria, feeds on nitrogen and phosphorus washed in from farms, yards and leaking septic systems. State officials began working on an algae-reduction plan for the lake and several others earlier this year.


Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com

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