The swimming area next to the dock at Wells College has been closed under an order by the Cayuga County Department of Health due to the presence of harmful algal blooms.
The college said in a news release Thursday that although the beach is on land owned by the college, the day-to-day operations of the beach and its swimming area are managed by the Village of Aurora.
A suspicious bloom was reported at the Aurora beach last July 5, but no mycrocystin toxins were detected in a sample, and the beach was reopened last week. The beach was closed again earlier this week when another bloom appeared. The county health department tested a second water sample taken Wednesday, and those results came back negative for evidence of toxins. The village plans to reopen the beach on Friday unless another bloom is spotted.