The Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed the presence of Blue-Green Algae Bloom in Albany’s Washington Park Lake this past week. The confirmation, according to the department’s website, means that “water sampling results have confirmed the presence of a blue green algae bloom which may produce toxins.” The situation in this particular lake has also been classified as “widespread,” meaning that there are “blooms affecting the entire lake, a large portion of the lake, or most to all of the shoreline.”
People and pets should avoid contact with the algae and are urged to “seek medical attention and contact the local health department” should symptoms appear. Those symptoms include: vomiting; nausea; diarrhea; skin, eye, or throat irritation; allergic reactions; or breathing difficulties.
Other local confirmed cases include Burden Lake in Rensselaer County, Lawsons Lake in Albany County, and Saratoga Lake in Saratoga County.