Look for signs of harmful blue green algae — lots of dots in the water, surface streaking, pea soup like conditions — before you, family members or pets enter the water
Conditions are favorable for blue green algae on Canandaigua Lake. The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association asks people to be on the lookout for signs of Harmful Algae Blooms.
“Please use your visual indicators to look for signs of HAB — lots of dots in the water, surface streaking, pea soup like conditions — before you, a family member or pets enter the water,” according to a CLWA update.
“The stretch of warm, sunny and relatively calm conditions in July has been increasing surface water temperatures rapidly, setting the stage for a potentially early bloom season (see this article for further details on the factors contributing to HABs). We have started to see some surface streaking and “dots” in the water in isolated locations. However, overall, most sections of the lake do not have visual indications of algae that are concerning at this time. But it is important to keep in mind that conditions can change quickly.”
As of Sunday morning, public beaches on Canandaigua Lake were open for swimming — with the exception of Deep Run swim beach in Gorham. That swim beach is closed until further notice due “to the ongoing health crisis,” according to the website.
If you suspect you see HABs or have questions, email: email@example.com.