WARNING LIFTED FOR EFFINGHAM LAKE

by Gair on July 22, 2013

THE NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES SAYS THE CYANOBACTERIA CELL CONCENTRATION IN A LAKE IN EFFINGHAM IS BELOW A LEVEL OF PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERN – AND A WARNING ISSUED FOR THE LAKE JULY 11, 2013 HAS BEEN REMOVED.

DES SPOKESPERSON SONYA CARLSON SAYS AREAS OF PROVINCE LAKE WERE EXAMINED FRIDAY JULY 19, 2013 AND THE GROWTH HAS BEEN REDUCED TO SMALL SPECKS IN THE WATER AND THE CONCENTRATION OF HARMFUL BACTERIA IN COLLECTED SAMPLES WAS LOW.

CARLSON SAYS THE LAKE IS LIKELY TO HAVE FUTURE BLOOMS AND SHE RECOMMENDS MONITORING THE SHORELINE FOR CHANGING CONDITIONS – AND AVOIDING ANY LARGE AMOUNTS OF GROWTH IN THE WATER.

CYANOBACTERIA ARE NATURAL COMPONENTS OF WATER BODIES AROUND THE WORLD, BUT BLOOMS AND SURFACE SCUMS CAN FORM WHEN THERE’S EXCESS PHOSPORUS AND TOXINS THAT ARE RELEASED CAN CAUSE ACUTE AND CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BACTERIA AND THE DE- BEACH PROGRAM, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.des.nh.gov.

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