MAYVILLE – The Public Health Division of the Chautauqua County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) is urging all Chautauqua County residents and visitors to educate themselves about Harmful Algal Blooms (AKA HABs) and to be cautious when swimming, boating, and fishing.
HABs present a public health risk because they can release toxins which may be harmful to human and animal health.
In New York, HABs occur most frequently in the mid to late summer months but can occur at any time of the year. Small bloom conditions can change rapidly due to changes in weather and lake currents. Larger blooms will likely persist throughout the summer once they become established.
The current status of Chautauqua County permitted public beaches and additional information about HABs are listed on the County Website at chautauqua.ny.us.