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Environmental Health

Most Environmental Health Services for Essex County are conducted by a NYSDOH District Office (covering Essex, Franklin & Hamilton Counties) under the categories of:

  • Community Environmental Health and Food Protection
  • Environmental Health Exposure Investigation, Assessment and Response
  • Environmental Radiation Protection
  • Individual Water and Sewage Systems
  • Public Water Supply Protection
  • Public Health Nuisances
  • Realty Subdivisions
  • Tanning Facilities.

New York State Department of Health District Office

41 Bernard Street  Saranac Lake, NY  12983

Phone: (518) 891-1800     Fax: (518) 891-5895      Email: saranaclake@health.ny.gov

NYSDOH Food Safety Site

Regulations & Permit Requirements

Temporary Food Service Permit – Guidance for Vendors & Community Event Organizers

Food Recall Information

Mold and Health

Learn about mold, cleaning your home and preventing future growth with these New York State Department of Health resources below.

Indoor Air Quality & Mold including how to clean mold

Mold & Your Home: What You Need to Know


Blue Green Algae and Health

Blue-green algae are microscopic organisms that occur naturally in lakes and streams.  They can form dense blooms that discolor the water or produce floating scums.  Some blue-green algae produce toxins which can cause health effects in people and animals.  Blue-green algae itself can cause health effects in people and animals when water with dense blooms is contacted or swallowed or when airborne droplets are inhaled.

Health effects associated with exposure to blue-green algae blooms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; skin, eye or throat irritation, allergic reactions or breathing difficulties.  If you have been exposed to blue-green algae blooms rinse off with clean water immediately and consider medical attention for the health symptoms noted above.

Reporting Blue-green algae

Public/Regulated Beaches: contact the NYSDOH environmental health district office at 891-1800 or saranaclake@health.ny.gov

Other Surface Water/Bathing Areas that are not regulated by NYSDOH: follow the instructions under Report It! on the DEC Harmful Algal Blooms website

7/25/2018 —The closure of Port Henry Champ Beach has been lifted today following collection & analysis of a water sample.  The Town has been notified that the beach may re-open.  Original post: 7/19/2018 — Town life guards and Water Superintendent contacted the Saranac Lake District Office to report a blue-green algae bloom in the bathing area at the Port Henry Champ Beach (Town of Moriah, Essex County).  Staff advised the Town to close the beach, the lifeguards have posted closure and information signs.

7/25/2018 —The closure of Bulwagga Bay Beach has been lifted today following collection & analysis of a water sample.  The Town has been notified that the beach may re-open.  Original post: 7/22/2018 — Town of Moriah life guards contacted the Saranac Lake District Office to report a blue-green algae bloom in the bathing area at the Bulwagga Bay Beach (Town of Moriah, Essex County). Staff advised the Town lifeguard to close the beach and post the Harmful Algae Bloom signs.



Boil Water Orders

Boil Water Notices may be posted here, but information for your water district will always be available through your Town office.

7/24/2018 — Boil Water Order is in effect for Wadhams Water District.

Boiling Water and Emergency Disinfection-NYSDOH

Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water-EPA

 Our Environmental Health Services

Other required Environmental Health Services that the Essex County Health Department conducts include

Upstate NY Poison Center

24 hours a day? 365 days a year – available to both health care professionals and the general public.

  • Poison Emergency Telephone Management
  • Poison Information Resources
  • Public Education
  • Professional Education
  • Research and Data Collection

Every caller receives professional expert service.

  • Calls are answered by Specialists in Poison Information (SPIs), registered nurses and pharmacists trained in toxicology
  • Specialists provide the most efficient and up-to-date poison information available
  • Physicians and toxicologists are on-call 24 hours a day for consultation purposes
  • Other specialists are available for consultation