There have been Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) reported in some portions of Cayuga Lake in Tompkins County. Trained volunteers and local officials that monitor the lake shoreline for HABs on a weekly basis during the summer found the HABs.
The Tompkins County Health Department is warning residents and visitors to avoid any contact with HABs which can produce toxins that are harmful to people and animals. The health department continues to state you must not drink the water and avoid contact with the water if it appears to be discolored or has an unpleasant odor.
HABs can increase in presence when there is hot weather and intense rain and runoff events. The algae is not only found in lakes, but can also be found in private ponds. Residents need to monitor and report blooms to the Tompkins County Soil and Water Conservation District.