Harmful Algal Bloom Update
Confirmed HABs: Multiple locations, Skaneateles Lake: 8/4-8/6
Below are the results from samples collected by trained volunteers on Skaneateles Lake and City of Syracuse staff. The sampling confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria HABs on 8/4 and 8/5. The bloom was reported to have dissipated today. The bloom status is compared to the DEC Confirmed Bloom threshold of 25 µg/L Bluegreen Chlorophyll.
With apologies, DEC does not have detailed information on the sampling locations at this time. Several reports received over the weekend indicated that accumulations were present at the north end of the lake near the pier.
Exposure to any cyanobacteria HABs can cause health effects in people and animals when water with blooms is touched, swallowed, or when airborne droplets are inhaled. This is true regardless of toxin levels; some blue-green algae produce toxins, while others do not. Exposure to blooms and toxins can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea or vomiting; skin, eye or throat irritation and allergic reactions or breathing difficulties. People and pets should avoid contact with blooms, and should rinse off with clean water if contact occurs. For more information go to www.health.ny.gov/harmfulalgae.
|Location||Date||HABs Status||BG Chl a (µg/l)||Visual Analysis|
|Skaneateles Lake||8/6/2018||No Bloom||10||Microcystis|
|Skaneateles Lake Zone 4||8/6/2018||No Bloom||4||Microcystis|