Results of Sodus Bay Toxin Samples Collected on July 12th, 2012:
Date Location Blue-green algal toxin Status
Sampled analysis (Microcystins)
7/12/2012 Dogwood Lane <0.03 No to Minimal risk
7/12/2012 Public Beach Pier <0.00 No to Minimal risk
7/12/2012 Katlynn Marina <0.01 No to Minimal risk
7/12/2012 Arney's Marina <0.00 No to Minimal risk
7/12/2012 Emerald Point Road <0.00 No to Minimal risk
7/12/2012 Oak Park Marina 0.008 No to Minimal risk
7/12/2012 Skipper's Marina <0.01 No to Minimal risk
7/12/2012 North of Third Creek <0.01 No to Minimal risk
All samples collected on July 12th were analyzed for blue-green algal toxins using the protein phosphatase inhibition assay. Water quality was good. Blue-green algae were present via microscopy, albeit in low abundance and no visible bloom was observed out on the Bay.
These samples showed minimal risk for microcystin toxins. Users are still encouraged to avoid contact with visible blooms as other irritants may be present.
0.0-0.2 μg/L Little to no risk from blue-green algal toxins: Minimal risk.
0.2-1.0 μg/L Toxin detected but below the WHO drinking water guidelines: Low risk
1.0 – 10 μg/L Toxin levels are above the WHO drinking water guidelines
but generally below the limits for recreational contact: Moderate risk
10-20 μg/L Toxin levels are significant and approach the
WHO limit for recreational contact: Higher risk
>20 μg/L Toxin levels exceed the WHO guidelines for recreational contact: Highest risk.
Users should avoid contact with the blooms.