Swimming OK in New York Portions of Lake Affected By Harmful Algal Bloom - NBC New York

Swimming OK in New York Portions of Lake Affected By Harmful Algal Bloom

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    Toxic Algae Warning at Greenwood Lake

    Another lake in New Jersey has turned toxic. Ida Siegal reports.

    (Published Wednesday, July 17, 2019)

    What to Know

    • The state Department of Environmental Conservation said Thursday that New York portions of Greenwood Lake are currently safe for swimming

    • In New Jersey , environmental officials announced on Wednesday that people should avoid contact with the water due to algal bloom

    • A similar order was issued in late June for Lake Hopatcong , New Jersey's largest lake; That directive is still in effect

    There's some partially good news at a lake along the New York and New Jersey border that's been affected by a harmful algal bloom.

    The state Department of Environmental Conservation said Thursday that New York portions of Greenwood Lake are currently safe for swimming.

    In New Jersey, environmental officials announced on Wednesday that people should avoid contact with the water in parts of the lake due to an extensive bloom.

    Officials say the bacteria can cause a skin rash, abdominal pain, headaches or vomiting.

    A similar order was issued in late June for Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey's largest lake. That directive is still in effect. Several people were said to have gotten mild rashes from dips in that water before the order was issued.

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