MAYVILLE – Patches of blue-green algae have shown up in areas of the southern basin of Chautauqua Lake.
According to the Post-Pournal, the dangerous algae was found near shorelines in Lakewood, Fluvanna, Long Point State Park and the Bemus Point area.
As a result, County Environmental Health officials shut down Lakewood Village Beach last Tuesday, and the beach will remain closed until testing shows the level of toxins in the algae have decreased.
According to the state Health Department, blue-green algae are microscopic organisms that can form dense blooms in surface waters. Health officials urge people to avoid blooms as they can cause irritations. People should also keep their pets away from blooms as it could be deadly if ingested.