Toxic Algae Could Kill Your Pets – Avoid These Lakes
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