3PM 7 19 2017 UPDATE
The Cayuga County Health Department on Wednesday afternoon added the swimming beach at the Owasco Yacht Club to list of those closed because of the presence of potentially harmful blue green algae. As with the beaches on Cayuga Lake, it will remain closed until testing shows levels of microsystins that are within acceptable limits.
Harmful algal blooms have joined hydrilla weeds in Cayuga Lake. The Cayuga County Health Department on Tuesday closed the bathing beaches at the Wells College Dock in Aurora and Frontenac Park in Union Springs after lifeguards spotted potentially harmful blooms.
Environmental Health Director Eileen O’Connor said on Wednesday’s Finger Lakes Morning News the beaches will remained closed while testing continues.
Meanwhile, the Army Corps of Engineers is poised to battle the large patch of hydrilla weeds near the Wells College water pipe.
Thursday morning the Corps will spread a herbicide called fluridone on the acres of weeds near Aurora.
The Cayuga County Health Department has ordered the closure of the bathing beaches at the Wells College Dock in the Village of Aurora and Frontenac Park in the Village of Union Springs due to the presence of potential harmful algal blooms (HABs).
Water quality at public beaches is routinely monitored and the health department closes swimming areas when a potential hazard is identified.
In a statement released on Tuesday afternoon, Public Health Director Kathleen Cuddy reminds you that “swimming areas outside of public bathing beaches are not regulated by the Health Department. However to enjoy our lakes safely this summer, the public is advised to avoid swimming in water that is discolored.”
When there is no longer the presence of Harmful Algal Blooms, water samples from the swimming area of these beaches will be collected and sent for analysis. The public will be informed when these beaches can re-open.