Summer Hot Topics

Cooling Centers

Essex County Health Department and the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System teamed up to ensure numerous cooling centers for Essex County residents and visitors starting the 2019 summer – Libraries!

What are Cooling Centers? They’re places in a community where you can cool down during hot weather, especially if you do not have access to air conditioning. Cooling centers include indoor air-conditioned facilities such as libraries, community and senior centers, schools, and malls and outdoor recreational areas, including parks, beaches, splash pads/spray parks and community pools.

Heat-Related Illness Symptoms & What to Do

Blue Green Algae and Health

Reporting Blue-green algae

7/16/2019-Harmful Blue-green Algae Blooms (HAB) on Lake Champlain in the Town of Essex at the Essex Marina. There are no public beaches in the area of this bloom. 

Public/Regulated Beaches: contact the NYSDOH Environmental Health District Office at 891-1800 or or

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

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.