Blue-green algae has been discovered in three locations on Owasco Lake, according to a release from the Cayuga County Health Department on Wednesday.
Blooms were discovered on Sept. 9 near Buck Point in the town of Fleming, near Fire Lane 25 in the town of Scipio and near the Owasco Yacht Club in the town of Owasco.
The health department said the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed the locations of cyanobacteria, which produces toxins that pose a health risk to people and animals when they are exposed.
Those who may suspect an algae bloom should contact HABsinfo@dec.ny.gov or harmfulalgae.ny.gov. If there is a suspected bloom on Owasco Lake, report it to the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Inspection Program at (315) 427-5188 or (315) 237-2066. Those with questions can contact the Environmental Health Division of the county health department at (315) 253-1560 or visit cayugacounty.us/environmental.