Toxic algae bloom discovered on Lime Lake in Cattaraugus County

The first suspected regional case this summer of toxic blue-green algae was reported at Lime Lake in Cattaraugus County, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation…

Lime Lake is one of 16 bodies of water that have that distinction this year – all but five located downstate and on Long Island, the DEC said. Lime Lake, Chautauqua lake and the Allegany Reservior were on the list last summer.

The “small localized” bloom at Lime Lake was discovered Sunday, the DEC said. Blue-green algae, depending upon the toxin and type of exposure, can be harmful to the nerves, liver or skin.

To date, no toxic algae blooms have been reported in Lake Erie. Last August, a bloom appeared off Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pa. – the closest to Buffalo.

Buffalo News

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