The St. Marys Area Water Authority is notifying all of its customers that, due to the level of the Laurel Run Reservoir, our service area is now under a Drought Watch. The most recent rainfall amounts did not raise the level of the reservoir, which is currently at 10.5 feet below its overflow elevation and is continuing to drop at a rate of approximately .5 feet per week.
The Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is continuing to alert lake visitors about a blue-green algae bloom in Kinzua Dam/Allegheny Reservoir. The Corps was notified by the New York State Department of Health Aug. 30. Corps officials tested the effected water and determined that the bloom could be harmful to humans and pets should they come in contact with the algae.
The bloom was found in the New York State portion of the Allegheny Reservoir from Quaker Bay downstream to Willow Bay.