The number of toxic algae blooms has now doubled in NY, and as many as 19 lakes throughout the state are affected.

Toxic algae blooms when the weather gets warm and there is more sunlight by 'eating' nutrients that are washed into the lakes from runoff.

Some of these lakes also happen to be drinking water sources for several communities, and while the algae can contaminate drinking water and make people sick it can actually kill dogs when they lick the algae from their fur and paws.

NewYorkUp.com is reporting New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is working on a plan to reduce the algae in our lakes, but in the meantime here are the lakes that have been affected so far that you should avoid until the algae is taken care of or subsides on its own.

Water body     County     Status        Size

Agawam Lake Suffolk Confirmed with High Toxins Widespread/Lakewide

Beaver Dam Lake Orange Confirmed Open Water

Bowne Pond Queens Confirmed Widespread/Lakewide

Craine Lake Madison Confirmed Small Localized

Eagle Pond Franklin Confirmed Large Localized

Harlem Meer New York Confirmed Small Localized

Honeoye Lake Ontario Confirmed Small Localized

Lake Casse Putnam Suspicious Not Reported

Lake Mahopac Putnam Suspicious Not Reported

Lake Ronkonkoma Suffolk Suspicious Small Localized

Mill Pond (Watermill) Suffolk Confirmed Large Localized

Morningside Pond New York Confirmed with High Toxins Large Localized

Orange Lake Orange Confirmed Not Reported

Plymouth Reservoir Chenango Confirmed with High Toxins Widespread/Lakewide

Prospect Park Lake Kings Confirmed with High Toxins Widespread/Lakewide

Putnam Lake Putnam Suspicious Small Localized

Quaker Lake Dutchess Suspicious Small Localized

Roth Pond Suffolk Confirmed Widespread/Lakewide

The Lake in Central Park New York Confirmed Small Localized

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