Last update: August 26, 2019
Many of our Barkers read about the algae in Prospect Park Lake this morning in the New York Times We had the same situation a few years ago and our good friend, veterinarian Dr. Chris Gaylord gave us the following information on how to handle an algae bloom:
PLEASE NOTE: The interview below is from a few years ago but the science and medical info is the same. As of 8/26/19, Prospect Park Lake is the only body of water closed for dog swimming (and people too). It's best to avoid getting close to this area with pups. Dog beach remains open but is being tested weekly. We recommend that you check the Prospect Park website and keep up to date. https://www.prospectpark.org/visit-the-park/things-to-do/dogs/blue-green-algae/
Interview with Dr. Christopher Gaylord
Brooklyn Bark: The City of New York is reporting that the Department of Environmental Conservation has identified a harmful algal bloom in Prospect Park Lake. What in the world does that mean? And for those who don't know where we are talking about Prospect Park allows dogs to swim in their waters, untethered, during off leash hours.
Dr. Chris: Harmful algal blooms are caused by blue-green algae which is also called cyanobacteria. It grows in warm sunny conditions in stagnant bodies of water where