GENESEO, N.Y., Aug. 4, 2023 – For the second consecutive week, the Livingston County Department of Health is reporting that no visible harmful algal blooms (blue green algae) have been identified on Conesus Lake based on surveillance performed August 4, 2023.
Blooms were first identified this year on July 14, 2023, primarily along the northern shore and near Vitale Park. 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. Harmful algal blooms may persist in varying degrees and at various locations throughout the summer and fall seasons. The public water supply is safe for drinking.
Contact with harmful algal blooms may result in some health issues such as itching, rashes, fever, headache, upper respiratory symptoms, vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms are not just caused by harmful algae contact. If you have any of these symptoms and they persist, you should seek medical advice. You 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 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 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. by calling (585) 243-7280 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.