Public Health Department
80 State Highway 310, Suite #2
Canton, New York 13617-1476

Public Health Director
Dana Olzenak McGuire, PT, PhD

Ph: (315) 386-2325
Fx: (315) 386-2203

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm


St. Lawrence County Public Health Department

Public Health Sanitarian Program


Program Goal
To address public health nuisance issues for residents of St. Lawrence County in conjunction with local Health Officers and local Code Enforcement Officers. To provide technical assistance to residents of St. Lawrence County in regard to their private water supply and sewage disposal system.

St. Lawrence County residents.


  • Nuisance Complaints
    Conducts investigations of public health nuisance complaints and submit written reports to Health Officers and Code Enforcement Officers.
  • Private Water Supply
    Provides technical assistance and collects water samples upon request. [Fee charged for water testing]
  • Private Sewage Disposal Systems
    Provides technical assistance and conducts evaluations upon request. [Fee charged for evaluations]


Updates and News:

On October 7th, 2019, the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department (SLCPHD) and Board of Legislators will act on the SLCPHD's request for approval of a new Sanitary Code. For the public's information, a draft copy of the Code is available here


Information on Household Water and Sewage


Information on Environmental Nuisance Issues


Additional Environmental Resources


Blue-Green Algal Bloom Blue-green algae, technically known as cyanobacteria, are naturally present in lakes and streams in low numbers. Blue-green algae can form HABs that discolor the water or produce floating rafts or scums on the surface of the water. These can cause health risks to people and animals when they are exposed to them. 


Contact the Public Health Sanitarian at  (315) 386-2325.

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