Monday, September 10, 2012

Blue Green Algae Takes Over River

If you visited Allegany State Park over the weekend you may have noticed what looks like spilled green paint in the lake. The paint-like scum is called Blue Green Algae Bloom, which has been growing on many of the inland lakes this summer. However, the blooms can produce toxins, which can result in symptoms of nausea, vomiting and even difficulty breathing. According to Brad Whitcomb, Regional Director of Allegany State Park, a dog may have died as a result of swimming in the lake. Whether the algae is the actual cause of death will not be known as the dog was cremated, but it raised a red flag. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation tells those who come into contact with contaminated water to wash with soap and then rinse with clear water. Never drink lake water even if there is no sign of algae and do not eat fish from potentially contaminated waterways. 

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