Lake swimmers in Connecticut/New York beware, algae looms

It’s summer, people and pets are on fire. We are all looking for relief from our doggy summer days. A common cool-down activity in the summer is swimming in the pool, pond, or lake. If I were to swim, it would only be in a properly treated pool, but that’s just me. Lots of people will jump in anything that contains water, so let’s focus on those “ultra-clean” ponds and lakes.

I live in an area where we can use the lake for free for fishing, boating or swimming. I’ve fished in the lake and will definitely take a boat, but I’m swimming there? of course not. I can’t stand the thought of not seeing the bottom of the lake knowing what lies there. Well, I know kind of lurks in there… I’ve seen rusty fishing hooks, thick, sharp twigs, and some nasty looking sticky stuff that I’d rather not part with. Visions the raft From Crepeshaw 2 It came into my head thanks to my daughter being a huge fan of Crypt Keeper and she mentioned it to me on numerous occasions.

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MadBox TV / YouTube

I recently read a post on next door From someone who urged the residents of New Fairfield to…

Use Ball Pool safely! The Ball Pool Friends and Ball Pool Advisory Committee encourages us all to learn to recognize potentially harmful algal blooms. The algae blooms look like bright green or turquoise scales on the surface of the water, like paint floating on the surface, or the water may resemble “pea soup.” Do not swim or allow children or dogs into the water in the flowering area. The inflorescence is usually small and localized. They are not always dangerous but they can be, so don’t take any chances. You can still stay in the lake, but stay away from the algal blooms.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports this person’s claim on their site and asserts that algal blooms can be toxic and urges the public to keep people and pets away from green, fake, or smelly water. They also note that harmful algal blooms vary in color and can be green, blue, red or brown. It can be dirty or paint-like on the surface of the water. The Environmental Protection Agency provides more information about what an algal bloom is, what its effects are, what causes it, and what you can do to help.

Here are some pictures of what this algae looks like, please remember that they vary in color and texture and can be bad news, so when in doubt, stay away, or I don’t know, swim in a nice clear chlorinated pool instead.

Liz Harrell on Unsplash

Liz Harrell on Unsplash

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