LAKE RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Lake Ronkonkoma has re-opened, after being closed to swimming for five days due to elevated levels of a blue-green algae.
The state re-opened the lake because algae levels dropped well below safety standards, officials said.
The blue-green algae first resurfaced last week in Southampton and then showed up in Lake Ronkonkoma.
Lake Ronkonkoma Beach was off-limits to swimmers after elevated levels of bacteria were detected.
As WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported Tuesday, the blue-green algae bloom carries the same lake bacteria that killed a dog in the Hamptons last year.
The algae bloom was detected last week in Lake Ronkonkoma, where a group of friends were fishing Tuesday morning.