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Health Advisory Issued for Conesus Lake: HABs Have Spread All Across Lake

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The Livingston County Department of Health has updated its Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) advisory for Conesus Lake, initially issued on June 21. HABs have spread lake-wide, particularly accumulating nearshore areas depending on wind direction. The public water supply remains safe for drinking.

HABs can make the water green and form thick scums on the surface, producing toxins harmful to people and animals. Exposure to these toxins can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, skin irritation, and breathing difficulties.

Residents are advised to avoid swimming, wading, boating, or fishing near suspected HABs. Do not eat fish from affected waters, drink untreated lake water, or cook with it. Rinse with clean water if exposed, and keep children and pets away from the blooms. Report any related symptoms to a medical provider.

For more information or to report a HAB, contact the Department of Health at 585-243-7280 or email the Watershed Inspector at [email protected].