BUSTI – The first Harmful Algal Bloom of the season has been reported on Chautauqua Lake.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reported the observation earlier this month in the water at Shermans Bay west of the Village of Lakewood.
It is common for several isolated blooms to take shape in parts of the lake’s south basin each summer.
Blue-green algae are naturally present in lakes. With the right conditions the algae forms blooms, which may appear as floating “rafts” or scums on the surface of the water, creating harmful algal blooms.
Those on the waterway are urged to avoid coming in contact with the algae because of its possible health risks. If people or pets are accidentally exposed to a bloom, officials say to use clean water to rinse off as soon as possible.
Residents can report new instances of agal blooms online.