Heat leads to more algae blooms across New York State, harmful to people and pets

With temperatures expected to reach into the 90’s toxic algae blooms are popping up around New York State.

The Department of Environmental Conservation said in their weekly report that 36 bodies of water have the blooms across the state.

In Central New York, Onondaga, Cortland, and Oswego Counties have reported blooms. In Onondaga County, blooms were confirmed in Jamesville Reservoir, but the DEC says the extent of the bloom has not been confirmed.

The same goes for Lake Neatahwanta in Oswego County. The DEC said there is a confirmed bloom in Cortland County in Song Lake, but it is localized and only affects a small area of the body of water.

Officials said if you see it, avoid it, and report it. People, pets, and livestock should avoid contact with water that is discolored or has algae scum on the surface.

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