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 full reports can be found here.