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Harmful Algal Blooms have been frequent enough to impact drinking water quality in Auburn

25 confirmed Harmful Algal Blooms have been spotted in Owasco Lake between Aug. 14 and Aug. 26, and 24 HABs in Skaneateles Lake between Aug. 20 and Aug. 26.

Cayuga Lake has seen 16 cases between Aug. 14 and Aug. 26.

The blooms haven’t spread to take over the entire lakes yet, but the level of toxicity found when testing drinking water is concerning at the Auburn drinking water filtration plant.


The levels are toxic but the plant has been able to successful remove toxins before the water reaches families.

The levels in the water will be watched and residents notified if they become toxic even after filtration.

People using the lakes recreationally are also urged to watch for HABs, they can be harmful to humans.

People or animals with symptoms like diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, irritation of the skin, eyes, or respiratory system from coming into to contact with HABs need to consult medical or veterinary care.



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