spacerWTNY
Canada    Mexico     USA: New York     Georgia     Louisiana     Ohio     California
212.537.9282
info@wtny.us
July 13, 2024
HOMEspacer | ABOUT spacer | MAPSspacer | NEWS TIPS spacer | WT FREE SMS WATER ALERTS spacer SIGN-UPspacer | LOGIN spacer | UNSUBSCRIBE spacer |spacerspacerspacer     WT INTERNATIONAL



7/9/2024

WT Staff

HAB Tracker
from NY DEC and NCCOS satellite program
Plymouth Reservoir, Canandaigua Lake, Fort Pond, Osquago Lake HABs confirmed


July 9, 2024 updated 255 pm EDT

NY Department of Environmental Conservation HABS Notifications

Eighty HABs are confirmed active on the notifications board Tuesday noon up from sixty-two HABs this morning. First HABs of the season have popped up in Plymouth Reservoir- Chenango County with three HABs reported yesterday all confirmed today. Barger Pond - Putnam County, Oquaga Lake - Broome County, Fort Pond - Suffolk County, Canandaigua Lake all making their 2024 debut on the HAB list today. Additional HAB reports confirmed in water bodies already on the active list include another bloom in Avon Marsh Dam Pond, more HABs in Beaverdam Lake and Chautauqua Lake.

See the bluegreen tags on the map to the right indicating the water bodies with at least one active HAB. Multiple reports on any given water body are described in detail in the alphabetized list below. Make the most of the summmer, plan for clear access to your favourite recreational water bodies to avoid contact with HABs.

Agawam Lake
  • July 3 10 am EDT widespread HAB confirmed midlake in Suffolk County
  • June 26 2024 949 am EDT widespread HAB confirmed midlake in Suffolk County

Avon Marsh Dam Pond
  • July 8 913 am EDT widespread HAB confirmed midlake in Livingston County, reported by NY DEC staff
  • June 27 141 pm EDT large localized HAB confirmed midlake in Livingston County, reported by NY DEC staff
Barger Pond
  • July 6 2024 10 am EDT small localized HAB confirmed midlake in Putnam County, reported by NYS Department of Health
Beaver Dam Lake 14 HABs active including
  • July 8 855 am small localized HAB confirmed off the east shore of the north arm, around the bend from the Homeowners Association in Orange County, reported by the public
  • July 5 938 am small localized HAB confirmed off the south shore in Orange County, reported by the public
  • July 2 1216 pm large localized HAB confirmed off the west shore in Orange County, just outside the north arm, reported by the public
  • July 2 908 am large localized HAB confirmed off the west shore in Orange County, inside the north arm, reported by the public
  • July 2 854 am large localized HAB confirmed off the northeast shore in Orange County, the bay near Shore Drive, reported by the public
  • July 2 846 am large localized HAB confirmed off Shore Drive just east of the Homeowners Association in Orange County, reported by the public
  • July 2 840 am large localized HAB confirmed off Shore Drive just east of the Homeowners Association in Orange County, reported by the public
  • June 28 2024 312 pm small localized HAB confirmed off the south shore in Orange County, reported by the public
  • June 28 2024 245 pm small localized HAB confirmed off the west shore in the top of the north arm in Orange County, reported by the public
  • June 27 2024 1252 am small localized HAB confirmed off the east shore in the north arm in Orange County, reported by the public
  • June 27 2024 1011 am small localized HAB confirmed off the east shore of the north arm, north of Homeowners Assoc in Orange County
Canandaigua Lake
  • July 6 2024 1237 pm EDT open water HAB confirmed midlake in Ontario County, in line with Grange Landing to the west and Bare Hill to the east - reported by the public
Chautauqua Lake
  • July 5 2024 156 pm large localized HAB confirmed off the west shore at Chautauqua, reported by the public
  • July 5 2024 121 pm small localized HAB confirmed off the east shore Long Point State Park off Big Bar in Chautauqua County, reported by NYS Parks
  • July 5 2024 116 pm open water HAB confirmed off the west shore Chautauqua, reported by the public
  • July 5 2024 1232 pm open water HAB confirmed midlake in line with Cottage Park on the west and Dewittville on the east in Chautauqua County, reported by the public
  • July 4 2024 1053 am large localized HAB confirmed off the west shore in line with Victoria, Bemus Point is across the lake to the southeast for reference in Chautauqua County, reported by the public
  • July 2 2024 116 pm large localized HAB confirmed off the east shore Long Point State Park in Chautauqua County, reported by NYS Parks
  • July 1 2024 1120 am large localized HAB confirmed off the east shore in line with the intersection of Route 430 and Weaver Rd in Chautauqua County, reported by the public
Conesus Lake
  • July 2 1010 am EDT small localized HAB confirmed off the southeast shore near Walkleys Landing in Livingston County, reported by the public
  • June 26 930 am EDT small localized HAB confirmed off the east shore near Cedarcrest in Livingston County, reported by NYS Dept of Health

Ellicott Creek June 28 120 pm EDT large localized HAB confirmed off Ellicott Creek Park in Erie County, reported by the public
Harlem Meer
  • July 5 2024 1116 am EDT widespread HAB confirmed in Manhattan, reported by NYC Parks
Honeoye Lake
  • July 5 2024 1149 am EDT open water HAB confirmed off California Point in Ontario County, reported by NYS Department of Health
  • June 30 2024 11 am EDT HAB of unreported extent confirmed off the north shore in Ontario County, reported by NYS Department of Health

Hyde Lake
  • June 28 2024 1035 am EDT small localized HAB confirmed off the south shore in Jefferson County, reported by the public
  • June 28 2024 758 am EDT small localized HAB confirmed off the northwest shore in Jefferson County, reported by the public
Fort Pond
  • July 8 1015 am EDT HAB of unreported extent confirmed off the north shore near Industrial Rd in Suffolk County, reported by Stony Brook University



Lake Champlain
  • July 2 1253 pm EDT large localized HAB confirmed along the west shore at Pointe au Roche State Park in Clinton County, reported by NYC Parks staff
  • July 2 1253 pm EDT large localized HAB confirmed between Short Point and Middle Point off Pointe au Roche State Park in Clinton County, reported by NYC Parks staff
  • June 30 315 pm EDT large localized HAB confirmed off Pointe au Roche shoreline in the bay between Middle Point and Long Point in Clinton County, reported by NYC Parks staff
  • June 26 1123 am EDT large localized HAB confirmed off Pointe au Roche shoreline in the bay between Short Point and Middle Point, reported by NYC Parks staff
  • June 26 903 am EDT large localized HAB confirmed off Pointe au Roche shoreline in the bay between Middle Point and Long Point, reported by NYC Parks staff
Lake in Central Park
  • June 26 1037 am EDT widespread HAB confirmed mid-water in Manhattan, reported by NYC Parks staff
Lake Peekskill
  • July 5 2024 1259 pm EDT small localized HAB confirmed off the southwest shore in Putnam County, reported by NYS Department of Health

Maratooka Pond
  • July 1 2024 1 pm EDT HAB of unreported extent confirmed off the south shore in Suffolk County, reported by Stony Brook University
North (Sandy) Pond June 25 1259 pm small localized HAB confirmed south of Green Point in Oswego County


Oquaga Lake
  • July 8 1 pm EDT large localized HAB confirmed midlake in Broome County, reported by the public

Otisco Lake
  • June 26 2024 930 am EDT small localized HAB confirmed near shore south and east of Rice Grove in Onondanga County, reported by the public
  • June 25 2024 1139 am EDT large localized HAB confirmed off the shoreline of Rice Grove in Onondanga County, reported by the public

Plymouth Reservoir
  • July 8 2024 132 pm large localized HAB confirmed off the northeast shore in Chenango County, reported by CSLAP Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program
  • July 8 2024 10 am small localized HAB confirmed off the northeast shore in Chenango County, reported by the public
  • July 8 2024 716 am large localized HAB confirmed midlake in Chenango County, reported by the public
  • July 5 2024 1019 am small localized HAB confirmed off the northwest shore in Chenango County, reported by the public
  • July 4 2024 515 pm small localized HAB confirmed south of Reservoir Creek outlet - northeast shore in Chenango County, reported by the public
Prospect Park Lake
  • June 28 2024 128 pm EDT widespread HAB confirmed off the northwest shore in Brooklyn, reported by NYC Parks
Putnam Lake
  • July 2 115 pm EDT large localized HAB confirmed off the west shore near Waterford Rd in Putnam County, reported by NYS Department of Health
  • July 2 114 pm EDT large localized HAB confirmed off the east shore in line with the intersection of Lake Shore Rd and Jackson Dr in Putnam County, reported by NYS Department of Health
Roth Pond
  • July 3 2024 10 am widespread HAB confirmed midlake in Suffolk County, reported by Stony Brook University
  • June 26 2024 959 am widespread HAB confirmed midlake in Suffolk County, reported by Stony Brook University
Round Pond
  • June 26 2024 451 pm EDT small localized HAB confirmed off the north shore of the water body in Dutchess County - reported by the public
Saratoga Lake
  • July 5 2024 1113 am EDT small localized HAB confirmed in the north end of the water body, near west shore and north of Route 9P bridge in Saratoga County - reported by the public
Unnamed Water Body Rotterdam
  • July 7 2024 3 pm small localized HAB confirmed in Rotterdam, Schenectady County, reported by the public.
  • Wainscott Pond
    • July 3 1000 am EDT widespread HAB confirmed midlake in Suffolk County, reported by Stony Brook University
    Whitney Point Lake
    • July 2 2024 12 pm EDT small localized HAB confirmed off the east shore Dorchester Park in Broome County
    HABs are automatically archived after two weeks. If HAB mat is still present, a new report is filed. WTNY tags active HABs on the map to the right.

    National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) HABs satellite monitoring program - Lake Champlain

    The latest image of Lake Champlain from NCCOS was captured July 8 at an undetermined surface wind speed. This image is partially cloud obscured, still we have a clear view of the much expanded Baie Missisquoi HAB in the northeast arm, now occupying water on both the US and Canadian sides of the border. The HAB extends to the shore of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge at a concentration matching the color scale for 900 thousand cells per sample of 100 ml in the south to the extreme high concentration of 2 million cells per 100 ml along the north shore in Canada. This HAB initially appeared off the shore of Domaine Omer-Alix on June 25 around 400 thousand cells per 100 ml, since developing into a widespread HAB of extreme high concentration.

    Note that low to moderate concentration blooms can be present and undetectable in the satellite image. If the wind conditions are higher than 4 mph, algal mats can become submerged and escape detection by surface imaging and ground based observation. Extensive HAB activity was observed throughout Lake Champlain in the latter part of April, these observations are included here for reference. More recent HAB sightings are included below where available, and noted as such.
    • Rouses Point large and small open water HABs along west shore and open water 100 thousand cells per 100 ml
    • Kings Bay Wildlife Management Area localized HABs along shorelines lake-side east and along the east shore of Kings Baywest side of the point 100 thousand cells per 100 ml
    • Isle la Motte - Chazy Landing localized HABs along Isle la Motte west shore and Chazy Landing shore 100 thousand cells per 100 ml
    • Monty Bay localized HAB on shore 100 thousand cells per 100 ml
    • Point au Roche June 26 large localized HABs between Short Point and Long Point no concentration scale match available
    • North Hero no HABs noted
    • Treadwell Bay - no HABs seen
    • Cumberland Head - Cumberland Bay multiple small open water HABs 100 thousand cells per 100 ml
    • Grand Isle large localized HAB at northwest shore, small localized HABs running along the west shoreline 100 thousand cells per 100 ml
    • South Hero localized HABs on west shore, 100 thousand cells per 100 ml
    • Valcour Island large localized HABs the extent of west shoreline 100 thousand cells per 100 ml
    • Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area no HABs evident
    • Port Kent no HAB activity
    • Port Douglass - Schuyler Island small localized HABs in the channel between west shore and Schuyler Island
    • Willsboro Point no HABs
    • Willsboro Bay multiple localized open water HABs 100 thousand cells per 100 ml
    • Essex-Crater Club-Whallen Bay no HABs evident
    • Split Rock Mountain no HABs evident
    • Westport- North West Bay no HABs
    • Port Henry no HABs
    • Bullwagga Bay no HABs

    Composited Cyanobacteria Index as reported by National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, a visual scale based on true color imagery. Note: Winds above 4.0 mph may begin mixing the bloom and clouds may obscure it, leading to an underestimate of the area. Moderate and low concentrations may not be obvious to the eye.

    The images are derived from Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite data from the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and were processed by NOAA, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science.


    The ongoing challenge to adapt and mitigate the presence of HABS

    The work of preventing dissolved reactive phosphates and nitrates from leaving the landscape and moving through the waterways into the lakes is a challenging task faced by state environmental authorities. Unchecked nutrient loading stimulates uncontrolled cyanobacteria growth, impairing the lake.

    Some species of cyanobacteria can produce toxic compounds affecting the liver, hepatotoxins, which are particularly dangerous for dogs. The impact on humans is digestive upset, skin rashes and headaches, the impact on dogs is often fatal, there is no antidote to the effect of the toxin once ingested or absorbed by a dog.

    The public is encouraged to report observations of HABs which are then checked and confirmed by state authorities and communicated to the public via HABs notifications page and alerts. WTNY.us rebroadcasts the HAB alerts through the monitoring season.

    The confirmed presence of a HAB does not always mean there are toxins in the water. Water must be tested for the presence of specific cyanotoxins. Microcystins in the most common toxin tested by labs. A rapid test kit is also available, offering reliable results to 1 part per billion sensitivity. With toxin testing, the public can be directed to clean beaches and access points to the lake to avoid coming in contact with HABs.

    Accidental spills of phosphate and nitrate-containing substances can contribute to HABs in excess of the managed TDML. The WTNY.us licensed map shows where hazardous spills can migrate with water. Select the pink radio button above the map to see only the spills, turn on the watershed layer and directional arrows. Get an idea of the number of spills reported in a given week and potential impact on the waterways.

    Return here as we look into the specifics of the TMDL plans for Cayuga, Canandaigua and Owasco Lakes, and what is planned for stakeholder collaboration ahead of the 2024 HABs season, in efforts to minimize the HABs in the lakes this summer. More to follow. Check out www.wtoh.us to see how TMDL plans are used to manage the HAB load in Lake Erie, a drinking water source for 11 million people.

    Drinking Water - Consumption
    Advice from the NY DEC, "Never drink, prepare food, cook, or make ice with untreated surface water, whether or not any bloom is present. People not on public water supplies should avoid drinking surface water during an algal bloom, even if it is treated, because in-home treatments such as boiling, disinfecting water with chlorine or ultraviolet (UV), and water filtration units do not protect people from HABs toxins."

    8 HABs remained on the current list at the close of the NY DEC official monitoring season, November 17, 2023.

    Going into the freeze up and winter season, we will be looking at the HAB summaries by water body over the last five years. HAB Action Plans prepared for particular lakes will be highlighted here. HAB awareness and action plan implementation is very much driven from the local level. Find helpful information here on how to get involved in the protection of your favorite NY lakes ahead of the next bloom season.

    As NY DEC is no longer monitoring and reporting new HABs, send your observations with a photo and location to alerts@wtny.us. These will be pinned on our map and reported as unconfirmed public observations.

    HABS Harmful Algae Blooms
    Get informed and stay safe around the water this summer
    WaterToday collects algal bloom monitoring information from state and federal agencies including but not limited to the CDC, EPA, NOAA and state public health authorities.
    HABs alerts are posted on our state maps according to the best available information reported by citizen groups, universities, state and/or federal monitoring agencies.
    Before you head out to the beach, pond or stream, check with local authorities to confirm the latest HABs conditions.
    Consider carrying a rapid test kit for micro-cystin, the most common of the cyanobacteria toxins.

    Sources for algal bloom data.
    National Centres for Coastal Ocean Science
    A department of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NCCOS provides harmful algal bloom forecasting for certain water bodies and regions including.
     West Basin Lake Erie https.//coastalscience.noaa.gov/science-areas/habs/hab-monitoring-system/cyanobacteria-algal-bloom-from-satellite-in-western-lake-erie-basin/
    Lake Pontchartrain  https.//coastalscience.noaa.gov/science-areas/habs/hab-monitoring-system/cyanobacteria-algal-bloom-from-satellite-in-lake-pontchartrain-la/

    The forecasting is based on true color imagery provided by OLCI sensors on Copernicus Sentinel-3a satellite of the EUMETSAT group

    Environmental Protection Agency Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN)
    The mission of the CyAN project is to support the environmental management and public use of U.S. lakes and estuaries by providing a useful and accessible approach to detecting and quantifying algal blooms and related water quality using satellite data records. 
    What is CyAN.  Mobile and web-based application for cyanobacteria monitoring
    How does it work?  Users can enter the coordinates or name of local water bodies for monitoring information. 
    The CyAN project officially started October 1, 2015. It provided continental U.S. coverage using the
    Envisat MERIS archive from 2002-2012
    Sign up here. https.//www.epa.gov/water-research/cyanobacteria-assessment-network-application-cyan-app

    Centers for Disease Control

    Environmental Public Health Tracking provides data and information on health outcomes, the environment, population, and exposures, including hazardous algal blooms occurring in water bodies of the USA, both freshwater and marine.

    CDC Public Notice on Hazardous Algae Blooms
    It is not possible to know if a large growth, or bloom, of algae or cyanobacteria (also called blue-green algae) is harmful just by looking at it. Some blooms make toxins (poisons), which can still be in the water even when you can’t see a bloom. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from harmful algae and cyanobacteria, what to do if you or a pet is exposed to them, and how to help prevent these blooms.

    Swimming and Wading.  Stay out of water with a bloom, rinse off if you or your pets are in contact with water
    If you see signs of a bloom, stay out of the water and keep your pets out of the water. Do not fish, swim, boat, or play water sports in areas where this is possible harmful algae or cyanobacteria.
    Do not go into or play in water that.

    • Smells bad
    • Looks discolored
    • Has foam, scum, algal mats, or paint-like streaks on the surface
    • Has dead fish or other animals washed up on its shore or beach
    Protect your pets and livestock from getting sick by keeping them away from water with possible harmful algae or cyanobacteria. Do not let animals.
    • Get in the water
    • Drink the water
    • Lick or eat mats of cyanobacteria or algae
    • Eat or graze near the water
    • Eat dead fish or other animals on the shore
    • Go on the beach or shoreline
    If you or your pets do go in water that may have a bloom, rinse yourself and your pets immediately afterward with tap water from a sink, shower, hose, or outdoor spigot. Do not let pets lick their fur until they have been rinsed. Pets may have harmful algae, cyanobacteria, or related toxins on their fur if they swim or play in water with a bloom.
    Do not fill pools with water directly from lakes, rivers, or ponds. The water could contain algal or cyanobacterial toxins or unsafe levels of germs.

    Drinking Water.
    Follow local guidance about toxins in tap water If you are notified of cyanobacteria or their toxins in your public drinking water supply, follow guidance from your local or state government or water utility to reduce the chances of you or your animals getting sick.
    Harmful cyanobacteria may grow in water bodies that supply tap water. Although many water treatment plants can remove these toxins, tap water can be contaminated in certain situations. Cyanobacteria can also produce substances that are not harmful, but can change the taste or smell of tap water.
    If you have concerns about the appearance, smell, or taste of tap water that you are using, contact your water utility or health department. Consider using bottled water for drinking and cooking until the problem is resolved.
    Don’t boil water contaminated with toxins. Boiling water does not remove toxins and can concentrate the toxin.

     
    Fish and shellfish.
    Be aware of advisories and health risks related to eating contaminated fish and shellfish
    Avoid eating very large reef fish (such as grouper or amberjack), especially the head, gut, liver, or roe (eggs). Large reef fish may be contaminated with ciguatoxin, the algal toxin that causes ciguatera fish poisoning. See the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls Guidance for more information on reef fish associated with unsafe levels of toxins.
    Check for and follow local shellfish and fish advisories before eating any fish or shellfish you collect yourself. Algal and cyanobacterial toxins in fish or shellfish have no taste or odor. Cooking or preserving food does not remove toxins. Thus, you cannot tell if the seafood is safe by just looking at, smelling, or tasting it.

    • Check to see if shellfish beds are closed. State shellfish control authorities (usually state health departments or other state agencies) are required to control for toxins where harmful algal blooms are likely to occur and toxins could build up in shellfish. Common ways state authorities control for algal toxins include routine monitoring for toxic algae or shellfish and testing shellfish for toxins before or after harvesting. If levels of toxins are unsafe, state authorities will close the area for shellfish harvesting until shellfish are safe to eat.
    • Check safety advisories from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Fish and Shellfish Advisories and Safe Eating Guidelines website.

    Report any concerns to your local public health authorities.

    EPA notice to the public on harmful algae
    Harmful algal blooms can be green, blue, red or brown. They can be scummy or look like paint on the surface of the water.
    What are harmful algal blooms?
    Harmful algal blooms are overgrowths of algae in water. Some produce dangerous toxins in fresh or marine water but even nontoxic blooms hurt the environment and local economies.
    What are the effects of harmful algal blooms?
    Harmful algal blooms can.

    • Produce extremely dangerous toxins that can sicken or kill people and animals
    • Create dead zones in the water
    • Raise treatment costs for drinking water
    • Hurt industries that depend on clean water

    The EPA has a role in enforcing environmental protection regulations to limit discharges into water bodies that contribute to the growth of harmful algal blooms.
    The EPA also maintains list of Impaired Water Bodies by state, those water bodies that are not supporting their ideal uses for recreation, including swimming, fishing and wading.  The EPA works with state authorities to identify water bodies that are not supporting their intended recreational uses, to set daily maximum limits for contaminants and nutrient load for impaired water bodies.  The EPA works with state and other federal agencies to investigate and prosecute violations of the Clean Water Act, with a role in ordering watershed plans that limit discharges to these water bodies to allow for recovery.
    Follow WT Clean Water Act Crime Box to learn about the work of the EPA in historic criminal prosecutions involving illegal discharges to water bodies, or making false reports about discharges.









    WT     Canada    Mexico    USA: New York    Georgia    Louisiana    Ohio

    All rights reserved 2024 - WTNY - This material may not be reproduced in whole or in part and may not be distributed,
    publicly performed, proxy cached or otherwise used, except with express permission.