Harmful blue–green algal bloom detected at Allegheny Reservoir in New York

Published Aug. 4, 2014

The Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is alerting lake visitors about a hazardous blue-green algal bloom in the New York State portion of Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir.

Test results show that blooms in Quaker and Sawmill bays could be harmful to humans and pets should they come in contact with the algae. The Corps also tested Willow Bay but at present, no harmful algal bloom was detected. However, visitors are encouraged to avoid areas where algae are present. 

Posted signs notifying the public of the health risks associated with blue-green algae will remain in place until the threat dissipates. The Corps will continue to test and monitor the effected waters weekly.

Children and pets are the most susceptible to the effects of blue-green algae. 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

For media inquiries, contact the Public Affairs Office at 412-395-7500 or email: celrp-pa@usace.army.mil.

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.

Jeff Hawk
1000 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Dan Jones
1000 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Release no. 14-216