Potentially toxic algae found in Skaneateles Lake, source of Syracuse drinking water

Syracuse,. N.Y -- A potentially toxic strain of blue-green algae has been confirmed this week in Skaneateles Lake, which is where the city of Syracuse draws its unfiltered drinking water.

The outbreak "poses no risk to the city's drinking water supply at this time," said city spokesman Alexander Marion in an email to Syracuse.com. "The blooms are at surface level near the shoreline. Our intakes pipes are deep in the lake and a significant distance away from the shore."

A water sample taken Tuesday tested positive for a species of blue-green algae that is potentially toxic, said Gregory Boyer, who runs the testing lab that confirmed the sample at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in Syracuse.