Blue-green algae found in Owasco Lake

2012-09-12T12:34:00Z 2015-11-30T18:09:05Z Blue-green algae found in Owasco Lake Auburn Citizen

The Cayuga County Health Department said Wednesday that a water sample taken from Owasco Lake has tested positive for blue-green algae.

According to a news release, the health department says residents reported seeing algae blooms on the lake and were concerned that it was blue-green algae. A sample was taken and sent to the New York State Department of Health. The agency confirmed it was blue-green algae. 

The county health department advises residents to avoid contact with water that is discolored or has "surface scums." 

People with questions should contact the Cayuga County Health Department's Environmental Health Division at 253-1405 or visit

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  1. Tastebud
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    Tastebud - September 12, 2012 3:24 pm
    Yes, this is caused by nitrogen and phosphorus runoff by the factory farms. But you all are overlooking the catalyst that is Climate Change. Lake temperatures across the country have been rising, and staying warmer/hotter longer, allowing for these algea formations. People from other states have already gotten very ill, and I believe a few deaths as well, from overheated lakes producing this algae. This is just a Global Warming pre-curser to the speedy environmental degradation that is unfolding before our eye's.
  2. patchwork
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    patchwork - September 12, 2012 2:21 pm
    A quick search revealed

    "Blue green algae is also referred to as Cyanobacteria. What they essentially are is a group of bacteria that can create their own food through photosynthesis. Usually called pond scum, blue green algae can grow in lakes, ponds and slow moving streams. Wherever there is a body of water with the proper nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous, Cyanobacteria will grow. While they are called blue green algae, Cyanobacteria may also come in a wide variety of colors. They can be blue, green, brown or even reddish-purple."

    "Proper nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus". Could those nutrients possibly be from factory farms and runoff into the lake?

  3. TellYouWhat
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    TellYouWhat - September 12, 2012 1:09 pm
    No wonder my hair and skin have been looking better, it's the algae in the water that I shower with...Sarah Palin did say that their is something in the water here in Auburn...
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