Dr. Frank Bright, Co-Chair, SLA Water Quality Committee.
The near shore CSLAP sample taken [in mid August] from the Silver Lake Campground (Lake Shore Dr., Castile; near Mack’s) lab results confirm the presence of a cyanobacteria harmful algae bloom (HAB) in Silver Lake (Wyoming Co.) based on blue-green chlorophyll a levels of 178,069 µg/L (above the DEC Confirmed Bloom threshold of 25 µg/L) and a microscopic analysis of very dense Microcystis, Mod. Planktothrix.
Toxin results will be forwarded upon receipt. However, even if the toxin levels are low, the same advisory information applies – lake residents, visitors and pets should avoid exposure to any surface scums or heavily discolored water, should seek medical assistance as needed if any exposure symptoms are experienced, and should report these symptoms to their local health department and to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions or comments may be sent to HABsInfo@dec.ny.gov.