Harmful Algal Blooms

September 2017 was the first confirmed report of a HAB on Skaneateles Lake. Here are some resources related to harmful algal blooms for Skaneateles Lake Watershed residents:

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) maintains a HABs notification page. This interactive map shows waterbodies that currently have blooms. Yellow dots are HABs reported in the past 2 weeks. Other waterbodies may have HABs that have not been reported to the DEC.

Important HABs Resources and Contacts for Skaneateles Watershed Residents.

Understand the Risks of Piping Surface Water into Your Home.
NYS Department of Health advises to never drink untreated surface water, bloom or no bloom. Even if you have an in-home treatment system, use bottled water during a bloom. Boiling does not remove toxins. If you choose to explore in-home treatment systems, you are living with some risk of exposure to blue-green algae and their toxins and other contaminants.

Onondaga County Health Department - Health information regarding blue-green algae toxins and HAB notification

City of Syracuse Water Department - Skaneateles Lake data, water quality reports

Onondaga County Emergency Management - Emergency response/ potable water distribution in event of bloom

Last updated September 23, 2019