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Tompkins County Announces Emergence of Harmful Algal Blooms


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Tompkins County Whole Health has issued a warning to the community that harmful bacteria algae has been spotted in Cayuga Lake.

The Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) appear after intense or warm rain. They can produce toxins that are harmful to both humans and animals. HABs can look like streaky, spilled paint on the surface of the water, and in some instances can turn water completely green. They are found closer to the edge of the water and bays, but have also been spotted in open water. 

If you spot a HAB, avoid it and report it. Do not make contact with it, and if you do, thoroughly wash the affected area. Do not allow children or pets to swim near or in water that has HABs

To report HABs or for further inquiry, please visit the County Soil and Water Conservation section online HERE.

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