Algae removal project underway at Ontario Beach Park

Posted at: 08/13/2014 4:51 PM
Updated at: 08/13/2014 5:42 PM
By: Josh Nichols

If you were in Charlotte today, you weren’t able to walk out on the pier. Crews had it shut down to install a new system that officials say will help keep the beach open more days than before.

If you've spent any time at Charlotte at either Ontario or Durand Beach in the summer, you know that the algae can be an unsightly and smelly problem. But now, thanks to a new project, that soon might be less of an issue.

For years, toxic blue green algae has been collecting the pier. Today, the pier at Ontario Beach was closed until 2 p.m. as construction workers installed a system where algae would be taken out away from Ontario Beach and into the Genesee River. Once in the river, the algae can then travel further out into Lake Ontario through the installed pipe. Less algae near the beach means more days that the beach can stay open for swimmers."

Monroe County Parks Director Larry Staub said, “We will take a front end loader on high algae days, go into the surf and herd that algae towards this pier. Then there will be a vacuum head there which will suck up that algae that's herded to that direction, put it through a pump and then put it through the pier."

The funding for this project comes from a state grant from the DEC. Even though the pier was closed until 2 p.m., county officials say for the bulk of the time that the project is taking place, the beach and the pier will remain open to the public.

You can check the water conditions at Ontario Beach Park any time by calling the beach hotline at585-753-5887.