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Albany County Issues Advisory on Algae Bloom at Lawson Lake County Park

September 13, 2017

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

No swimming is ever allowed in the water there. The county has signage warning the public about the algae bloom.

At this point, the bloom is limited in size. Fishing and boating are still allowed, however rinsing off any areas that come into contact with the bloom (skin, clothes, paddles) with clean water and soap is recommended. Currently, the bloom is concentrated near the beach area. 

Having said that, it is recommended not to consume fish coming from the areas of dense blooms. If anyone begins to experience any of the symptoms associated with exposure- asthma or difficulty breathing or nausea - they should immediately get away from the water and seek medical attention if needed.

"It's important that people be aware of the algae blooms at Lawson Lake," McCoy said.  "As in the past nature will take its course and with cooler weather the blooms will die off. We are providing this notice so that the public is aware of the bloom. There are hiking trails and many other recreational activities for residents to enjoy at the park."

Here are some general 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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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy