The HABs keep on happening on Lake George. Shortly after we reported on an early-October harmful algal bloom on Lake George, the state Department of Environmental Conservation updated its useful map of HABs across the state. And state officials confirmed yet more HABs on Lake George on Nov. 8-11.
Harmful algal blooms – or HABs – are formations of cyanobacteria, which can rise to the water’s surface under the right conditions. While HABs have the potential to turn toxic, toxins have not been detected in the Lake George HABs. The HABs on Lake George continued in the Harris Bay area and in November the confirmed blooms included some around Cotton near Bolton Landing, according to the DEC map.
But it’s not just Lake George. Algal formations, many small in size, were confirmed on at least six Adirondack lakes in September, October and November. Loon Lake in late October. Friends Lake in September (and also August). Paradox Lake on Sept. 13. Raquette Lake on Oct. 12. And Silver Lake on Oct. 5. Lake Clear and Otter Lake both had occurrences in August.
“Many New Yorkers have enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather this month, and unfortunately, some species of harmful algal blooms (HABs) have too,” DEC wrote in an email newsletter last week. “These late bloomers have made DEC decide to continue its NYHABS reporting system beyond the usual October 31st season so that the public can continue to be informed about our State’s waterbodies.”
Frankly, I’m not sure what to make of the list of lakes with confirmed HABs. Is it high, low? Let me know if you have any thoughts, and I will work on learning more.