The Onondaga County Health Department announced today that Jamesville Beach is approved to be reopened for swimming following satisfactory laboratory test results. The beach was closed on August 2 due to visual presence of an algal bloom that has since dissipated.
As a reminder, algae findings in shallow areas are not uncommon in the summer. Algal blooms can turn the water green and can form thick surface scums on the water. Certain types of algae can release toxins that may cause skin or eye irritation, or diarrhea and vomiting if ingested. People and animals should keep out of the water where algal blooms are present in any body of water.
To learn more about blue-green algae visit:
- Blue-Green Algae and Health: ny.gov/HarmfulAlgae
- Pets and Algae Blooms: dec.ny.gov/docs/water_pdf/habspets.pdf
- NYS Department of Environmental Conservation: ny.gov/hab
For future updates on testing and closure status of Jamesville Beach, please visit: www.onondagacountyparks.com/about/water-quality-testing/ or call the Division of Environmental Health at 315.435.6600.