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Moreau Lake State Park beach closure

Moreau Lake State Park's beach is seen closed Aug. 2 after a harmful algal bloom was identified. The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation reopened the beach the following day. Another algal bloom closed the beach Thursday through Saturday, and it is scheduled to reopen Sunday.

MOREAU — Water test results for Moreau Lake State Park beach came back just before 3 p.m. Saturday, and the good news will clear the way for the beach to reopen Sunday, park officials said.

On Thursday afternoon, park workers saw what was likely a toxic algal bloom and immediately closed the beach by posting large red signs. The state park sent out a sample for testing.

It was the third lake-related problem for the park this summer and the second algal bloom. Earlier, there were itchy rashes caused by a parasite. Park workers told visitors to stop feeding the ducks, which spread the parasite.

It’s not clear if anything can be done to stop the algal blooms. They flourish in warm water, and it has been an unusually warm summer.

Harmful algal blooms, also known as cyanobacteria, can be toxic. The most common toxin found in New York state’s blooms is called microcystin, a kind of liver toxin. Exposure can cause health problems like nausea, headache, diarrhea and skin rash. When the beach was closed a little over a week ago, it was due to microcystin from a toxic algal bloom.

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