The Onondaga County Health Department announced today that Jamesville Beach located in the Town of LaFayette is closed for swimming for the remainder of the season due to the visual presence of an algal bloom. Please note that although closed for swimming, the park’s other amenities remain open during normal hours of operation.
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.
The Health Department recommends taking the following precautions:
- Don’t swim, wade, boat, or fish near blooms or scums and don’t eat fish caught from waters with blooms
- Don’t drink the water
- Keep children and animals away from any blooms or scums
- Rinse with clean water if exposed
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