(Wax, KY) – The dreaded Blue-Green Algae that has plagued most Kentucky lakes, including Rough River Lake, has found its way to Nolin River Lake this week.
According to the NRL Corps of Engineers, the lake tested positive for Blue-Green Algae on Friday, July 26, 2013.
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is cautioning boaters and swimmers at Nolin River Lake about possible contact with a bloom of blue-green algae capable of producing toxins that can be especially harmful to small children, those with illness and animals.
The lake remains open to recreational users for swimming and boating but they should be aware of the possibility of adverse health impacts associated with contact with the water. As a remainder the Nolin State Park beach is still closed due to other issues, according to a press release by the NRL Corps of Engineers.
Precautionary measures include:
• Avoiding contact with visible algae and not swallowing water while swimming.
• Taking a bath or shower with warm, soapy water after coming in contact with water in ponds and lakes, especially before preparing or consuming food.
• Animals should also not be allowed to swim in or drink untreated water from these sources. Animals can be poisoned by the toxins produced by some algal blooms. Small
animals can ingest a toxic dose quickly.
• Dogs are particularly susceptible to blue-green algae poisoning because the scum can attach to their coats and be swallowed during self-cleaning.
• Remove fish skin and organs before cooking; do not consume or allow animals to consume the organs or skin.
According to World Health Organization guidelines, the algal cell counts are at the cautionary level, and present a higher risk of causing health concerns for all people and animals that come in contact with the water. Clinical signs of blue green algae poisoning in animals include vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, weakness, seizures and in extreme levels of toxins, sudden death, especially in livestock.
The Corps of Engineers is working with the Kentucky Department of Water, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Kentucky Department of Parks to continue to monitor water quality, and potential blooms on site at the lake, to post advisories in conspicuous lake places, and keep boaters, swimmers and other informed.