The Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District investigated a blue-green algae bloom in Kinzua Dam/Allegheny Reservoir. The corps was notified by the New York State Department of Health on Aug. 30. Corps officials have tested the water and have found 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 reservoir in Quaker Bay near the Friends boat launch ramp, and also in a 1-mile long a stretch of the Allegheny Reservoir directly downstream of the bay.
The corps is working with the New York State Department of Health and the Seneca Nation. It is also posting signs notifying the public of the health risks associated with blue-green algae. They will also continue to test and monitor the water.
Children and pets are the most susceptible to the effects of blue-green algae. Visitors are encouraged to avoid areas where algae is present.
Blue-green algae 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.