MOREAU, N.Y. (NEWS10) - In the past two weeks, the Moreau Lake State Park has been closed twice to swimmers.
It’s a beautiful day for a swim, but not at Moreau Lake State Park.
“We were going to maybe go swimming if we could but the beach is closed,” Bryan, a local, said.
For the first time in over a decade, the park has been closed to swimmers looking to take a dive in the lake. Swimming was prohibited last week and again this week after algal blooms were detected in the water.
“We refer to these types of blooms as harmful algal blooms. They’re actually bacteria not algae but they look a lot like algae which is why we call them harmful algal blooms so people know what to recognize and what to look for,” Dr. Jacqueline Lendrum, with the DEC, said.
Algal blooms usually occur more often during the warmer season with toxins that can be harmful to both people and pets.
“It can cause skin irritation; it can cause disruptions in your digestive system. It can be harmful and even cause death to animals,”
Since the water isn’t safe to swim in, activities like fishing, hiking, and boating are still encouraged at the lake.
“You just have to wait it out. It could go away in an hour, it could take weeks. The water already looks great now compared to yesterday and we are just sending samples to be tested and wait for those results,” Peter Iskenderian, Park Manager, said.
While swimming may open back up at the lake, the D.E.C is working to combat the statewide concern.
“We recommend people to get to know what they look like. If they see it to stay out of it and let us know that they have seen them so we can report them to others,” Dr. Lendrum said.
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