Blue-green algae bloom, also known as cyanobacteria that is currently affecting Sodus Bay is the result of a natural occurring process. Due to a variety of factors these blooms appears to be greater in its intensity and persistence.
Although most species of algae are not harmful we are concerned because the evidence suggests that the characteristics of the current bloom are indicative of a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB).
In 2010 the levels of HAB were so high that parts of Sodus Bay had to be closed severely damaging the area’s fragile tourism economy.
Starting in April and ending in September, each week six locations are tested and analyzed for blue-green algal toxins.
REPORTING OF ALGAL BLOOMS
If you suspect that you have seen a blue-green algae bloom or you, your family, or pet has been in contact with a blue-green algae bloom please fill out and submit the DEC Suspicious Algae Bloom Report Form (PDF, 527 KB).
You are encouraged to include digital photographs as email attachments with the form (close-up, and landscape showing extent and location of bloom).
You may also contact your regional DEC office or contact:
Scott Kishbaugh, Division of Water
Phone: (518) 402-8179