Yates County Public Health has received reports of suspected and confirmed Harmful Algal Blooms on Keuka and Seneca Lakes.

Know It: Bodies of water that are discolored with a paint-like or filmy appearance or floating scum should always be avoided as they are potentially harmful. Images of these types of blooms, as well as nonharmful blooms, can be viewed at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/81962.html.

Avoid It: Never swim, fish, boat, wade or eat fish caught in water with blooms. Bloom or no bloom, never drink, prepare food, cook, or make ice with a private water supply drawn directly from a lake that is untreated or improperly treated.

Report It: If you see a suspected bloom, please report it to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) at HABsinfo@dec.ny.gov. Suspected blooms on Seneca Lake can also be reported to SLPWA at 1-800- 220-1699 or by sending an email to senecahabs@senecalake.org

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 doctor or your pet’s veterinarian.

If you would like more information about harmful algal blooms visit: https://www.yatescounty.org/211/Public-Health