2018 Cyanobacteria Bloom Maps
Seneca Lake Interactive HABs Map Tips!
- Hover over the icons in the map menu bar to access a the map options.
- Click on the camera icons to see pictures of the blooms.
- Click on the color coded map pins to view additional details.
GRAY = No Bloom per laboratory results.
GREEN = Suspicious Bloom Reported via the HABs Hotlines.
YELLOW = Suspicious Bloom Reported via a Pure Waters Volunteer
ORANGE = NYSDEC Confirmed Bloom
RED = NYSDEC Confirmed Bloom with High Toxins
Cyanobacteria blooms on Seneca Lake in September of 2018 produced a toxin called microcystin. Exposure to microcystin can negatively affect your health or the health of your pet.
- If your skin comes into contact with microcystin, you may develop a rash, hives, or skin blisters.
- Swallowing water containing microcystin may cause gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, severe headaches, and fever.
- Inhaling water droplets containing microcystin can cause runny eyes and nose, cough, and sore throat, chest pain, asthma-like symptoms, or allergic reactions.
- Exposure to large amount of microcystin can cause liver damage.
Microcystin levels measured in micrograms per liter.