Skaneateles algae toxins considered 'below level of concern'

Algae on Skaneateles Lake (Viewer Photo)

After algae that was considered "harmful" appeared in Skaneateles Lake over the weekend, officials say the toxins are "below a level of concern."

In a joint statement from the New York State Departments of Health (DOH), Environmental Conservation (DEC), The Onondaga County Health Department, and the City of Syracuse, water samples were collected by the DOH and the DEC were collected from the area of Clift Park Beach and the Skaneateles Country Club where harmful algae blooms were seen earlier in the week.

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Testing performed by the Wadsworth Center-New York State's Public Health Laboratory- indicated that the blooms had subsided and toxins were below the level of concern.

Officials say additional samples of both raw and finished water were also collected and tested at the intakes for public drinking water for:

  • The village and town of Skaneateles
  • The village and town of Elbridge
  • The village of Jordan
  • parts of the town of DeWitt
  • The City of Syracuse

The finished water sample indicated that there was no impact to the drinking water quality for customers and the raw samples were right at the detection level, health officials said.

Officials said if the findings remain at the detection levels for a second consecutive day, the city will continue to do daily testing until water samples consistently return to non-detect levels.

The Onondaga County Health Department announced Thursday that the Clift Park and Skaneateles Country Club beaches are open for swimming.

County officials are reminding the public that algae findings in shallow areas are not uncommon in the summer.

For more information on algae blooms, click here.

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