Let me start this by saying NEW YORK BEACHES AND BUSINESSES ARE OPEN!!! After a lengthy G.L. Commission meeting on Wed., Jul. 24, with just about every single agency representing both New York and New Jersey, it was concluded that New Jersey is experiencing a “widespread” algae bloom and New York is not.
New York, however, IS experiencing “normal and localized hazardous algae blooms” in some of the more shallow and stagnant locations. One location in particular, the south portion of the Waterstone Bridge in a very stagnant and shallow area has been reported and tested positive for HAB.
I want to be clear on this – that DOES NOT MEAN it has or will spread. The New York side of the lake is experiencing a vastly different effect of this bloom than the New Jersey side. Here is the situation, though – I want to discourage swimming in or around any area that appears to be algae. Although not all algae is harmful algae, neither you nor your pets should ever come into contact with ANY algae.
Throughout this process, the Village has been working very closely with our partners in the Lake Commission, DEC, DEP, Town of Warwick, Orange County and Assemblyman Brabenec’s office to ensure this issue is not only closely monitored but also to ensure it is prevented from spreading in the future.
However, HABs are naturally occurring bacteria found in ALL lakes and waterways across the world. Right now, there are over 120 cases of HABs across New York State. In some cases, such as Cayuga Lake in NY and Lake Hapatcong in NJ, entire lakes are experiencing widespread algae blooms.
Here is what YOU need to do: If you see algae of any kind, report it to the link below. Do not come into contact with any algae and ensure your pets do the same. If you are the least bit concerned about health issues, have a compromised immune system or are allergic to common lake bacteria, you should avoid swimming. If not, please feel free to continue enjoying our lake at one of our many beaches, businesses or from the comfort of your boat!
To follow the DEC postings about HABs OR to report an algae sighting, please follow this link and complete the form: