New York Nature August 22, 2019
Keep Your Kids And Pets Away From The Toxic Blue-Green Algae That’s Been Spotted In New York
You don’t have to be an avid news watcher to have heard about the toxic blue-green algae responsible for killing dogs in a handful of southern states. If you thought the Empire State would be able to steer clear of this natural disaster, then keep reading to inform yourself about the harmful algae blooms that are currently happening here in New York.
Depending on how long you've lived in the state of New York, you may already be familiar with the fact that sometimes our bodies of water deal with harmful algae blooms.
Once humans come in contact with blue-green algae, it’s known to cause rashes, irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, asthma, headaches, fever, and even nausea or vomiting.
Unfortunately, like we've seen in our southern states this summer, for animals like dogs who come in contact with the toxic blue-green algae, it can even lead to death.
Thankfully to keep up with this literally growing issue here in the Empire State, the New York State Department of Environmental of Conservation has created an interactive map that shows all the reported harmful algae blooms that have occurred in 2019.
As of August 21st, the DEC Map for 2019 shows that 50 bodies of water have reported harmful blue-green algae blooms within the last two weeks.
Out of all the reports that have come out within the last two weeks, this week one was more alarming than all the rest.
As of the week of August 19th, 2019, the pond area at Ellison Park in Rochester is currently closed due to the discovery of blue-green algae.
The discovery comes as a concern to Rochester residents and Western New Yorkers alike due to the fact that Ellison Park is such a popular place to bring your dogs, with plenty of shallow water and ponds for dogs to go swimming in.
It isn't just Western New York that's dealing with toxic blue-green algae though, according to the 2019 map, the harmful blooms have been reported in areas from the Finger Lakes all the way out to Long Island.
To view the 2019 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation HAB Map,
As of August 21st, 2019 - these are the lakes that have reported having harmful algae blooms within the last two weeks:
Swinging Bridge Reservoir
The Lake in Central Park
Whitney Point Reservoir
North Sandy Pond
Prospect Park Lake
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