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Blue–green algae bloom continues at Kinzua Dam/Allegheny Reservoir

October 14, 2012

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.
The Corps continues to test and monitor the effected waters weekly, and results indicate that the bloom is still ongoing. Posted signs notifying the public of the health risks associated with blue-green algae will remain in place until the threat dissipates.
Children and pets are the most susceptible to the effects of blue-green algae. Visitors are encouraged to avoid areas where algae are present.
Blue-green alga e can generate toxins that can impact human, pet, livestock and fish health. It can cause allergic-type reactions, skin irritations, and in severe cases liver or nervous system damage.
For more information visit New York State Department of Health website at: www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/bluegreenalgae.pdf
Pittsburgh District’s 26,000-square miles include portions of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland and southwestern New York.Our jurisdiction includes more than 328 miles of navigable waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose flood control reservoirs, 42 local flood protection projects and other projects to protect and enhance the Nation’s water resources, infrastructure and environment.  

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