WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WETM) – The Schuyler County Humane Society is recommending pet owners to keep their furry friends out of lakes due to possible toxic algae blooms.
Harmful Algal Blooms, or HABs, have been emerging in stagnant water during the summer and have led to health problems for humans and animals.
According to the DEC, “suspicious” HABs were reported in Cayuta Lake on Aug. 19. A picture attached to the report shows green water.
HABs were also confirmed in Lake Salubria, Loon Lake, and Tanglewood Lake in June 2019. Algae blooms were also confirmed in Smith Pond in August 2019.
The DEC says to “avoid contact with any floating mats, scums, or discolored water,” and that their colors can vary from shades of green, blue-green, yellow, brown or red.
If you can come in contact with algae blooms the DEC recommends rinsing with clean water and to seek medical attention “if symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, skin, eye or throat irritation, allergic reactions, or breathing difficulties occur after drinking or having contact with blooms or untreated surface water.”