Canandaigua, N.Y. – The timing of this week’s extreme heat couldn’t be worse for some people in our area. Two popular beaches on Canandaigua Lake are closed because of blue-green algae.
The algae can be very dangerous to people and pets.
Tuesday’s heat sent people boating and swimming into Canandaigua Lake at Kershaw Park, including Lilly Dier.
“It’s like swimming in a pot of boiling water, but without the water,” she said.
Kershaw Beach hosted the kind of crowd one would expect on a hot summer day. But just down the road at Deep Run Beach, it was a much different scene. The beach was empty – closed off by yellow tape to keep people out.
Health educator Christy Richards said blue-green algae blooms were recently found at Deep Run Beach and at Onanda Park.
“It’s important for us to know whether or not it’s in those beach areas, because the blue-green algae toxin can get on your skin, you can breathe it in,” she said.
Richards says high nitrates in the water and the excessive heat create the blooms, something Noreen Sheehan says she looks out for before sending her grandson into the water.
“Safety is the thing when it comes to little children,” she said.
Experts say to keep animals out of the water, too, if you see blue-green algae.
It’s best to wash off with clean water if you enter a beach with a bloom.
It’s unclear when the beaches will be open again.