Lake Fayetteville is currently under an algae bloom advisory, the City of Fayetteville announced on Friday.
The spring’s heavy and frequent storms combined with the lake’s nutrient levels and recent warm weather have encouraged rapid growth of algae, creating an algae bloom, the city says.
The advisory comes after a class at the University of Arkansas found 15 micrograms per liter of microcystin in a Lake Fayetteville water sample. Measurements over 10 micrograms per liter require notification to the public.
As a safety measure, visitors to Lake Fayetteville should do the following:
- avoid areas of algae accumulation
- use caution when contacting lake water and wash with clean, treated water afterwards
- not let pets eat dried algae or be in lake water since they tend to drink it
- clean fish well and properly dispose guts
There are relatively few documented cases of severe human health effects related to algae blooms, according to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).
If inhalation or ingestion occurs by a human or pet, watch for symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, rash, irritated eyes, seizures, breathing problems, or other unexplained illness, and contact a doctor or veterinarian.