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Two Chautauqua County beaches closed due to algal blooms

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Posted at 4:04 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 16:04:54-04

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — Two beaches located on Chautauqua Lake are closed because of algal blooms.

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services announced the closures of Lakewood Beach and Long Point State Park Beach.

Health officials are urging neighbors and visitors living in the area to be cautious. It's not clear when both beaches on Chautauqua Lake will reopen.

"The greatest threat to public health from HABs [Harmful Algal Blooms] is when people or pets drink or otherwise ingest water directly from a lake where a bloom is occurring," Christine Schuyler, Chautauqua County Director of Health & Human Services said. "Lake water that is properly treated through an approved DHHS water treatment plant does not pose a risk. Swimming or recreating in areas where the water contains high levels of toxin can cause skin irritation and other symptoms to those with high sensitivity."

Do not drink the water and keep an eye out for pets. People and pets can be exposed to algal blooms by contact during recreational activities. If you are exposed to the toxins, wash it off immediately.

According to the health officials, blue-green algae is naturally present in lakes. Streams and creeks that are rich with nutrients, warm water and sunshine encourages blue-green algae growth. Algae forms floating mats that look like green pea soup. You are likely to find algal blooms near the shores.