Algae Bloom in Kinzua Reservoir

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
9 September 2012
By Rick Wills

The Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District has identified a blue-green algae bloom in Kinzua Dam/Allegheny Reservoir in New York.

Corps officials have tested the water and have found that the bloom could be harmful to humans and pets should they come in contact with the algae.

The reservoir straddles New York and Pennsylvania and feeds into the Allegheny River.

The corps was notified by the New York State Department of Health on Aug. 30. The bloom was found in the New York side of the reservoir in Quaker Bay and along a mile-long stretch of the Allegheny Reservoir directly downstream of the bay.

Blue-green algae can generate toxins that can impact human, pet, livestock and fish health. They can cause allergic-type reactions, skin irritations, and in severe cases liver or nervous system damage.

The corps is posting signs notifying the public of the health risks associated with blue-green algae. The agency will continue to test and monitor water.

Children and pets are the most susceptible to the effects of blue-green algae. Visitors are encouraged to avoid areas where algae are present.

For more information, visit New York State Department of Health website,

Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or at