August 23, 2012

Blue-green algae sprouts in Rouses Point

SUZANNE MOORE, News Editor and KIM SMITH DEDAM, Staff Writer

---- — ROUSES POINT — A blue-green algae bloom has been identified in Lake Champlain behind the Rouses Point Village Office.

Mayor Francis “Bumper” Baker said the spot isn’t one where people swim or otherwise play in the water, but he wanted villagers to know that algae blooms can cause health issues for humans and animals.

“It’s not good for anyone,” he said.

Several years ago, two dogs died after exposure to blue-green algae on Point au Roche in the Town of Beekmantown. Earlier this summer, two beaches in Essex County were shut down for a time due to the presence of blooms there.

Rouses Point, which draws the water for its public system from the lake, cannot use its secondary intake while the bloom is there, the mayor said, as it is located in that area.

But the main intake is fine, he added. 

“It goes almost to the middle of the lake.”

— By News Editor Suzanne Moore