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Town issues blue-green algae warning for Cazenovia Lake

— The town of Cazenovia Tuesday, Sept. 2, announced that water samples collected in near-shore areas of Cazenovia Lake during the week of Aug. 25 showed elevated counts of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). Microscopic examination has confirmed the presence of Microcystis; some species of this cyanobacteria are known to release harmful chemicals.

All residents and users of the lake are advised to avoid contact with areas of the lake with visible blooms (where the water appears green or streaky). Do not allow pets in the water. Seek medical assistance if you experience any health problems after exposure.

For more information, visit the DEC webpage at dec.ny.gov/chemical/77118.html.

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WaterDog 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Please consider expanding this story by reportage on the serious and potentially lethal threat to dogs from contacting water when algae blooms occur. Dogs are real sentinels--like the canary in the coal mine--and can die within 15 minutes of swimming in harmful algae blooms, or HABs.

People get sick, but it appears than nerve system illnesses, like ALS (Lou Gehrigs disease) are found in clusters in communities around HAB lakes. Dartmouth reported this almost a decade ago, and it ti confirmed again and again, as in this National Institute of Health report, 2014:

Mapping amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) lake risk factors

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3922844/

Why not skip the ice bucket games, and let's work to reduce nutrient run-off and water pollution, the causes of HABs. The consequences of not doing anything will show up in health costs and lives harmed decades later.

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