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Albany County Advisory on Lawson Lake Algae Bloom

August 20, 2013

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today issued an advisory that a significant algae bloom has developed at Lawson Lake. Conditions typical to the bloom exist throughout the lake and may pose health problems to people and pets. The blooms naturally occur in shallow nutrient rich bodies of water especially during hot weather. 

The county-owned park re-opened to the public last month, but there is no swimming allowed. The summer programs offered at the park by county non-profits have concluded for the year. The 421-acre park opened to the public last month and the last day of camp for area youngsters was August 16th.

The county is coordinating with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to ensure that signage warning the public on the algae bloom is posted today.

“It’s important that people and animals stay out of the water,” said McCoy.  “Nature will take its course and when the weather changes, the blooms will die off.  Swimming is not allowed in the lake and pets should stay out of the water as well.  There are hiking trails and many other recreational activities for residents to enjoy at the park.”

There are several recommendations for the public:

  • Avoid swimming or wading near blooms or surface scum

  • Keep children or pets away from blooms

  • Rinse with clean water if exposed

  • Seek medical attention if symptoms develop such as vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, allergic reactions or breathing difficulties. 

         

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