Harmful algal blooms trigger warnings when dogs swim in Erie County


Dog swimming advice was issued at nine waterfront locations in Erie County after harmful algal blooms were found.

Water samples taken last week at these nine locations showed toxin levels in excess of what is considered safe for dogs, the Erie County’s Department of Health reported. Seven of these locations are in Presque Isle State Park.

Signs like this are posted in Erie County's waterfront locations where test results indicate high levels of harmful algal blooms.

Notices were posted at the locations warning people to keep their dogs out of the water. The first seven locations listed below are in Presque Isle State Park:

  • Fault bay
  • Perry memorial
  • Presque Isle Marina
  • Niagara boat launch
  • ferry
  • Vista 3
  • Boaters Beach
  • Erie Yacht Club
  • Grahamville Reservoir in North East Township

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The thresholds for dogs are lower than what are considered unsafe for humans because dogs tend to drink water while swimming. Ingestion of water infected with these toxins can cause gastrointestinal disorders in dogs, which in some cases can be life-threatening.

The Regional Science Consortium on Presque Isle tests water samples taken from locations across Erie County that allow public swimming, not just Presque Isle.

The notices will remain in effect until subsequent testing shows the toxins have dropped to safe levels.

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