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Blue-green algae on Conesus Lake

Livingston County, N.Y. – The Health Department says blue-green algae blooms are prevalent in Conesus Lake, especially in the northern end of the Lake.

“We’re trying to be optimistic for the holiday weekend,” said Mark Grovanz, Environmental Health Director. “We’re doing everything we can to clear it but we’re dealing with Mother Nature here so there’s only so much we can do.”

Jackie Lavoie has been living on Conesus Lake for six years. She said this outburst is the worst she has seen.

“We've never seen it come out this far or last this long. Usually it'll disperse fairly quickly,” said Lavoie. “It certainly affects the ability to enjoy the water or to have people over to use the boat, that kind of thing, so it's really disappointing.”

Grovanz has been monitoring the outbreak each day. He said it’s been especially bad because the conditions have been perfect for algae growing—warm temperatures, calm waters and an abundance of fertilizer run off into the Lake.

“It just lies on the top and just stays there and if the wind is strong enough it might blow it through it for the most part it sits right in front of the culverts,” said Robert Barrett who visits Vitale Park daily.

The Health Department is asking people not to swim where the blue green algae is visible. Also, do not use the water to cook, or let your pets near it.

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Washington Times