Park lakes 'still showing signs of potentially toxic algae'
tests of the water in the lakes at Apex Park in Highbridge have
found potentially toxic blue-green algae renains a danger.
Faun, from Sedgemoor District Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com on
Friday: "The Environment Agency have tested the second sample
from Apex Park Lake, which was collected the afternoon of 6th September."
water colour of the lake is still appearing green though there doesnt
appear to be scum visible at this time or any dead fish."
there are still high levels and weekly sampling will continue."
added that warning signs will remain in place.
District Council has urged park users to stay away from the water.
District Council's Teresa Harvey said: "Our advice continues
to be that dogs should not be allowed to drink, swim or paddle in
the water. Also, fishing is not permitted, fish caught from the
water should not be eaten, swimming is not allowed, all contact
with the water should be avoided, and notices surrounding the water
should be observed and abided."
"Anyone who has come into contact with the water containing
blue-green algae should wash with fresh water immediately."
who has come into contact with the affected water and has become
ill should obtain urgent medical attention."
first reported here
by Burnham-On-Sea.com, the algae has been growing across the water
surface of the lake next to the main car park, helped by the recent
Blue-green algae is toxic to animals and people, added council spokeswoman
Claire Faun. She told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Algae occur naturally
in inland waters such as rivers, streams and lakes. When conditions
are ideal for growth (i.e. a period of hot weather) an algal bloom
can occur. During a bloom, the water becomes less clear and may
look green, blue-green or greenish-brown. Scums can form during
calm weather when several bloom forming species rise to the surface.
This can look like paint, mousse or small clumps."
or blue-green algae, a type of blooming algae, can produce
toxins. These toxins can kill wild animals, livestock and pets.
They can also harm people, producing rashes after skin contact and
illnesses if swallowed. Algal blooms block sunlight from reaching
other plants in the water. They also use up oxygen in the water
at night which can suffocate fish and other creatures. Oxygen is
also used up when the bloom decays."
blooms usually occur in the summer but there are no quick or easy
remedies for the control of blue-green algae once they appear in
a lake or pond. Not all blue-green algae blooms and scums are toxic
but it is not possible to tell from appearance and so its
best to assume they are harmful and take several precautions."
The algae outbreak at Apex Park in Highbridge