Harmful Blue-green Algae Blooms: Understanding the Risks of Piping Surface Water into Your Home

Harmful Blue-green Algae Blooms: Understanding the Risks of Piping Surface Water into Your Home

News & Events, Science & Testing
This page provides information and advice for people who are not able to connect their homes to a public water supply or to a drilled well for their drinking water and are using a surface water source such as a lake, river, stream or spring for their household water. It is important to understand the risk of illness associated with using surface water that could contain harmful blue-green algae and their toxins, as well as bacteria, parasites and viruses. About Harmful Blue-green Algae and Health Effects Harmful blue-green algae blooms have been occurring in surface waters throughout New York State. Contact with water with blue-green algae and their toxins can cause health effects. Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea or vomiting; skin, eye or throat irritation; and allergic reactions or breathing difficulties.…
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Important Notice Regarding Herbicides in Chautauqua Lake

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Although the Chautauqua Lake Association is NOT involved in the program that is applying the herbicides Aquathol-K (Endothal) and Navigate (2,4-D) into Bemus Bay, this informational release is being issued since inquiries have been received at the CLA by persons having questions about the products used and lake use restrictions that are involved. The action is being undertaken in accord with permit(s) issued by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation under supervision of its Buffalo, New York, Office. (716) 851-7000. The permit holders are the Town of Ellery (716) 386-7876 and the Village of Bemus Point (716) 386-4398 on behalf of the Chautauqua Lake Partnership. Solitude Lake Management (908) 850-0303 is performing the work and related study. Treatment commenced TODAY, June 26, and of this writing was expected to be…
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Bemus Bay Herbicide Informational Bulletin

Bemus Bay Herbicide Informational Bulletin

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[caption id="attachment_1267" align="alignright" width="250"] Click here to read the Chautauqua Lake Association's Lake Quality and Plant Management Grid[/caption] Recent activity by property owners in Bemus Bay to pursue receiving herbicide permits for the treatment of submerged aquatic vegetation in Bemus Bay has caused the CLA to receive inquiries as to its position regarding the use of herbicides. The use of herbicide is not new to the lake association.  The CLA implemented a large number of herbicide programs in the past.  The CLA has stayed current with herbicide technology through its participation in NYS Federation of Lakes Association conferences, its regular contacts with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation officials and its involvement with Racine-Johnson Aquatic Ecologists. The products that are being proposed for use in Chautauqua Lake have been utilized in Chautauqua…
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Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program

Science & Testing
The CLA has participated in the joint NYSDEC/NYSFOLA (NYS Federation of Lake Associations) CSLAP (Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program) annually since the mid 80s. This is an important program that monitors water quality, specifically on Chautauqua Lake.  The TMDL we posted previously was based upon the data collected here and will be evaluated based upon future data collected. 2013 2013 Program Annual Report 2013 Report North Basin Report 2012 2012 Program Annual Report 2012 South Basin Report 2012 North Basin Report
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HAB Information

HAB Information

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What are Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)? Most algae are harmless and are an important part of the food web. Algae are naturally present in slow moving streams, lakes, marine waters and ponds in low numbers. Certain types can become abundant and form blooms under the right conditions. Some algae can produce toxins that can be harmful to people and animals. These are collectively called harmful algal blooms (HABs). Algae blooms most frequently occur in nutrient-rich waters, particularly during hot, calm weather. Because it is hard to tell a harmful algae bloom from other algae blooms, we recommend avoiding contact with any floating rafts, scums, and discolored water. Find out what water bodies have a blue-green algal bloom notice. Freshwater Blue-green Algal Blooms Blue-green algae, technically known as cyanobacteria, are naturally…
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