Water Quality Update for August 11, 2023

Current Lake Conditions:  

Harmful Algae Blooms: No Blooms Reported 

Average Secchi Disk Water Clarity: 5.5 meters

Average Surface Water Temperature: 73.5 F

Lake Level: 688.16  feet above sea level

Canandaigua Lake remains free of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) this week. 

Nearby Finger Lakes such as Keuka and Seneca are beginning to experience isolated blooms as reported on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s NYHABS website. Many of the region’s shoreline surveillance programs (including the Canandaigua program), enter local data collected by volunteers and professional watershed staff into this statewide NYHABS system to help inform the public of the cyanobacterial blooms occurring around the state. NYSHABS is a great resource and can be particularly useful when planning day trips around the state. Many State Parks and public beaches are also tied into NYHABS to report blooms occurring at those locations. 

As we move through August, volunteers and paid staff will continue to keep a trained eye on Canandaigua Lake waters through an array of water quality programs and monitoring projects. If conditions change, CLWA strives to get the word out in a timely fashion in the community through various channels including these e-newsletters, the CLWA social media pages, and website updates. Please help us increase awareness of water quality issues by sharing and encouraging your neighbors and friends to sign up, and become members! 

As we know, water quality conditions may change daily, if not hourly, so please continue to use your visual indicators to look for signs of active blooms such as surface streaking, or a pea soup-like appearance of the water. Please email HABs@canandaigualakeassoc.org with any questions. 

Have a great weekend!