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Blue-green algae problem persists at Northern NY beach

Published: Jul. 12, 2021 at 11:44 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2021 at 4:17 PM EDT
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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) - While the beaches reopened Tuesday in Burlington after concerns about blue-green algae, there is still a closure on the New York side of the lake.

Point au Roche State Park posted on its Facebook page warning people and pets of cyanobacteria.

For now, it has its swimming area closed down until the bloom is cleared out and water samples come back clean.

The Clinton Country Health Department says you should avoid all contact with the bacteria. If you or your pet come in contact with it, wash all surfaces with clean water.

The health department says it’s a little early for the bloom but they are a regular occurrence on the lake.

“Really the best thing that people can do is know what they are, what they look like, avoid them if they see them or know they may be located somewhere. If they do come across them themselves, report it to the DEC so they can take a look and make sure,” said Molly Flynn of the Clinton County Health Department.

The blooms in Northern New York have only been spotted at the Point au Roche State Park. The health department says all other beaches in Clinton County are clear at this time.

Click here for more information from the Clinton County Health Department.

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