CONSTANTIA – The Oswego County Health Department announced today (Aug. 6) that the David C. Webb Memorial Park Bathing Beach on Oneida Lake in the town of Constantia remains closed to swimming due to the presence of a blue-green algae bloom.
“We are working with park officials who are monitoring the beach for blue-green algae,” said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. “The beach will remain closed until it has cleared and testing shows the water is safe.”
The beach was shut down on July 22 and will remain closed until the bloom has cleared and the health department approves its re-opening. Contantia’s Children’s Summer Recreation Program will continue to operate in the park; however, swim activities have been suspended until further notice.
Huang added, “People and animals should stay out of the water to avoid contact with any algae blooms, scums, and colored water. Blue-green algae blooms can turn the water green and form thick scums on the water surface. It can cause skin or eye irritation if exposed; or diarrhea and vomiting if ingested.”
The Oswego County Health Department recommends taking the following precautions:
· Don’t swim, wade or fish near blooms or scums.
· Don’t drink the water.
· Keep children and animals away from any blooms or scums.
· Rinse with clean water if you are exposed.
For more information or to report any symptoms associated with exposure to blue-green algae blooms, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3557 weekdays or 315-341-0086 evenings, weekends and holidays.
To learn more about blue-green algae, visit www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/77118.html or www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/bluegreenalgae.htm.