NO evidence of algal blooms in our lakes
 
Posted on Wednesday August 28, 2019
 

CYANOBACTERIA (BLUE-GREEN ALGAE)

Whispering Pines has not found any evidence of algal blooms in our lakes.  Please help us keep an eye out for cyanobacterial blooms in surface waters throughout the summer months and be aware of the potential risks to human and animal health associated with exposure to cyanobacterial (blue-green algal blooms).

IDENTIFYING CYANOBACTERIAL (BLUEGREEN) ALGAL BLOOMS
  Blue green algae
https://files.nc.gov/ncdeq/Water%20Quality/Water_Sciences/Identifying-Cyanobacterial-Blooms.pdf or
https://epi.dph.ncdhhs.gov/oee/a_z/algae.html








TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR PETS

https://epi.dph.ncdhhs.gov/oee/algae/protect.html

N.C. DHHS recommends the following steps to safeguard pets and children from harmful cyanobacterial (blue-green algal) blooms:

  • Keep children and pets away from waters that appear discolored or scummy.
  • Do not handle or touch large accumulations ("scums" or mats) of algae.
  • Do not water ski or jet ski over algal mats.
  • Do not use scummy water for cleaning or irrigation.
  • If you accidently come into contact with an algal bloom, wash thoroughly.
  • If your pet appears to stumble, stagger, or collapse after being in a pond, lake or river, seek veterinary care immediately.
  • If your child appears ill after being in waters containing a bloom, seek medical care immediately.
  • If you are unsure whether or not a bloom is present, it is best to stay out of the water.

Frequently Asked Questions: Cyanobacterial (blue-green algae) Blooms
https://files.nc.gov/ncdeq/Water%20Quality/Water_Sciences/Frequently-Asked-Questions-Cyanobacteria.pdf

IF AN ALGAE PROBLEM OCCURS                                                            .  
If you spot any blooms that you suspect might be Cyanobacteria (Blue-green Algae), report it to Village Hall immediately at 910-949-3141 and provide the name of the lake and location of where the possible algal blooms were seen. If the bloom is confirmed to be toxic, residents will be notified immediately via the Village website and Village facebook page.  If you have not already signed up for the Village e-notification system do so at https://www.whisperingpinesnc.net/notify.aspx.

There are currently no solutions to fix a blue-green algal bloom. Microscopic analysis is required to confirm the presence of a cyanobacteria and once a bloom occurs, the only option is to wait for the weather to change to disrupt the algae’s growth. Treatment with algicides is not recommended as these compounds can cause the cyanobacteria to rupture releasing any toxins contained within the cells.

(Credit for picture to:https://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2016/algae052616.html)

 
 
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