HABS on Owasco Lake

The Cayuga County Health Department has reported confirmed Harmful Algal Blooms on Owasco Lake. The public is encouraged to "Know It, Avoid It and Report It."


KNOW IT - The water will appear discolored with a paint-like or filmy appearance or floating scum which should always be avoided as they are potentially harmful.

AVOID IT - Always stay away from blooms in the lake. Never swim, fish, boat, wade or eat fish caught in areas with blooms. During a bloom, private water supplies drawn directly from the lake should not be used fro showering, bathing or washing dishes even if treatment is provided.

REPORT IT - If you think that a bloom may be harmful, report it through the NYSDEC. http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical. If you feel that you or your pets are experiencing symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, irritation of the skin, eyes or respiratory system due to exposure to a harmful bloom please contact your health care provider or veterinarian.

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