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Blue-Green Algae blooms in Albany lakes
ALBANY- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has identified Blue-Green Algae in local Albany lakes and ponds.
Residents should be aware of the Blue-Green Algae bloom at Washington Lake and Buckingham Pond.
The City of Albany has released the following guidelines for residents.
Dont swim, wade or fish near blooms or surface scum
Dont drink the water
Keep children and animals away from any blooms or scums
Rinse with clean water if exposed
Consider medical attention if you have symptoms of nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, skin, eye or throat irritation, allergic reaction or breathing difficulties
Report symptoms to the local health department
Residents should heed the recommendations to stay away from the bodies of water at these locations in order to avoid health repercussions of coming in contact with Blue-Green Algae Bloom, said Mayor Jennings. The upcoming change in weather will eliminate these blooms, but in the meantime stay safe and avoid contact.