Onondaga County Health Dept. Closing Swimming Areas Due To Algal Blooms

posted by Dave Smith - 

The Onondaga County Health Department has announced today that the Clift Park and Skaneateles Country Club beaches located in the Town of Skaneateles will be closed for swimming due to the visual presence of an algal bloom. 

This step is being taken as a precaution. They will sample the water to confirm there are no toxins before the beaches are reopened. 

Certain types of algae can release toxins that may cause skin or eye irritation, or diarrhea and vomiting if ingested. People and animals should keep out of the water where algal blooms are present. The Health Department recommends taking the following precautions:

• Don’t swim, wade, boat or fish near blooms or scums and don't eat fish caught from waters with blooms

• Don’t drink the water

• Keep children and animals away from any blooms or scums

• Rinse with clean water if exposed

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