We have had two dogs suddenly die after exposure to the lake. Both dogs were in the same area of the lake, along the south-western section of Elm Avenue (see map).
LYLPS board members along with the director of NYSFOLA inspected the area on Monday afternoon looking for evidence of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). These bacteria are responsible for harmful algae blooms (HABs). HABs can make people ill, but they can kill dogs.
The following information comes from Webmd:
The algae produce two different toxins: one that causes neurological problems, and one that leads to liver failure, according to David Dorman, a professor of toxicology at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Signs that a dog has ingested blue-green algae include twitching, weakness, seizures, vomiting, and diarrhea. Although it is more common to see symptoms within minutes or hours, it might be days before the toxins take effect.
Blue-green algae are commonly confused with green algae — both can create dense material on the water’s surface that can interfere with activities like swimming and fishing, and may have a similar smell, the Environmental Protection Agency says. But, unlike green algae, blue-green algae can be fatal.
You can read the full article here: https://pets.webmd.com/dogs/news/20190814/toxic-algae-kills-dogs-across-the-country
During our inspection we did not see anything that looked like blue-green algae, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t present in the lake. We took a sample of an unusual material floating on the surface in the suspect area and will have an evaluation in the next few days. We are also waiting for an autopsy from the second dog.
Unfortunately, other than avoiding them, there is not much that can be done about them, though research in how to eliminate them has been ramped up in recent years. For now, it is important for everyone to stay vigilant and alert LYLPS if you see anything that looks like a HAB by emailing location and hopefully a picture to [email protected] or texting 607-218-2550.
For the time being we recommend that people avoid using the lake in the affected area until we get additional information. We will post an update as soon as possible, hopefully around mid-week.
Signs are posted and the weather looks good for the first of our planned lake treatments. On Thursday morning we are treating the variable leaf milfoil. Treatment is scheduled to begin at approximately 10 a.m. and should take a few hours.
While there are minimal water use restrictions, we are asking boaters to stay off the lake during the treatment period.
Check back here and we will post when the treatment is completed.
This week we received our permits from DEC and are planning our initial treatment on Thursday, June 18th. All lake and downstream property owners will receive a notification postcard in the next day or two.
We will update this post with more details as we have more details.
Individual letters were mailed to all lake property owners on 2/29 explaining the treatment plan and individualized costs. Since everyone is benefiting from the lake improvements, we are asking everyone to donate.
The treatment plan with the updated treatment maps can be found here. If you are in the treatment area (as stated in your letter) we are asking you to register here to confirm your interest and commitment to have your lake front treated.
If you don’t receive a letter by 3/6 please email us at [email protected] or call us at 607-218-2550 and we will provide further details.
We will be following the same notification process as last year. You will receive a letter identifying the specific herbicide/algaecide, planned treatment date(s), water use restrictions (if any), and the time period within which you may express any objections and/or questions.
For any additional questions, please contact us at [email protected]
Our fall meeting is scheduled for Sunday, September 22 at noon followed by our fall picnic at 1 pm. All festivities take place at the main pavilion in Dwyer Park (where CRT plays).
In addition to our normal reports, our fall meeting will feature a discussion of this year’s herbicide treatment as well as initial ideas for next year’s efforts. Please be sure to complete our treatment survey by Wednesday morning the 18th so that the board has your input as we prepare plans for next year.
Following the meeting we’re having our first annual fall picnic. LYLPS will provide hot dogs, rolls, condiments, iced tea, lemonade and paper products. Please bring a dish to pass and any other beverages you would like. Music will be provided by Tribal Revival. Thanks to the Nortons for organizing this including the music.
Please RSVP by Thursday, September 19 so that we know how many hot dogs to provide. Click on this link to let us know if you will or will not be attending.
10 for $5
To order call Barb Stepien at (315) 729-7528
Or, e-mail [email protected]
Please order by July 2nd. 500 available.
We have been informed that our water tests of the lake and downstream are showing concentrations below 50ppb and so all water restrictions have been removed.
Thank you for your understanding and support as we move forward with our lake management plan to continue to restore our lake.
Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 8th at 10:00 a.m. in the Dwyer Memorial Park main pavilion.
All are welcome to attend and encouraged to join our Society.
The meeting will feature an update on the lake management plan including our herbicide treatment as well as news on futures plans. YOUR INPUT IS CRUCIAL as we move forward in restoring our lake.