ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy has issued an advisory that a significant algae bloom has developed at Lawson Lake, which may pose health problems to people and pets.
Conditions typical to the bloom exist throughout the lake and naturally occur in shallow nutrient rich bodies of water especially during hot weather.
The county-owned park opened to the public last month, but there is no swimming allowed.
"It's important that people and animals stay out of the water," said McCoy. "Nature will take its course and when the weather changes, the blooms will die off. Swimming is not allowed in the lake and pets should stay out of the water as well. There are hiking trails and many other recreational activities for residents to enjoy at the park."
The county is coordinating with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to ensure that signage warning the public on the algae bloom is posted on Tuesday.
If exposed, people should rinse with clean water and seek medical attention if symptoms develop.