Algal blooms keep beaches closed

Due to the presence of algal blooms, all public swimming beaches and the swimming area at Boys’ and Girls’ Club will remain closed until notification from the Chautauqua County Health Department that they may be re-opened.  Institution Staff will continue to conduct daily visual inspections of beach areas in conjunction with state health and environmental conservation agencies.

The appearance of algal blooms is a normal condition that is currently affecting many lakes throughout New York state.

State agencies recommend that domestic pets be kept out of the water during periods of algal blooms.  A newly issued joint opinion of the New York State departments of Environmental Conservation and Health recommends that pet owners immediately wash any animal that enters the lake with clean water.