Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

Clute Park Water Complaints

Clute Park Water Complaints
Watkins Glen (WENY) --  "It's disgusting," said swimmer Emmalee Hyer about the water at Senaca Lake's Clute Park. For the past few weeks, the color has been noticeably greener and murkier than usual.

"The green color is disgusting because you can't really see what you're doing," added Makennah Hyer.

But it doesn't bother everyone.

"It doesn't smell," said Jose Pereda, who is visiting from Puerto Rico. "The water seems fine, so I don't believe there's any reason to care about it."

"I've been coming up here since I was a kid," said Lewis Strait of Elmira. "You know, it's kind of like second nature. As far as green goes, I don't see any green. You just got a lot of no rain and this is how it's going to be."

Lifeguards say the only reason the lake itself looks green is because of the algae and the seaweed at the bottom. Rain usually washes the seaweed out, but the dry weather is causing it to build up just as the strong sun and heat are making algae grow.

They also say the untouched water is clear in the mornings, but the wind blows debris to the end of the lake throughout the day and people splashing around stirs things up from the bottom.

"I'm here just about every day," said Casey Holland, a lifeguard at Clute Park. "With the high winds and everything, when you get a lot of waves, it really churns up the water and that seems to be the cause."

Despite some complaints, lifeguards believe there's no reason to worry. "If anything was out of the ordinary, we wouldn't hesitate to close the park and check it out," said Holland.