Algal blooms threaten public health, economy. As lakes age, algal blooms emerge in the shallow coves support by nutrients from tributary runoff and warming waters.
Just released article from the Food and Environment Reporting Network finds in the summer, the toxic blue-green algae blooms plague fresh water areas around the Country and the spread is increasingly threatening public health. From Lake Erie, to Lake Champlain, Dorena Reservoir in Oregon. lakes have been closed for swimming, In additional to health risks, the blooms are creating an economic tolls on fisheries and property values in impacted areas.
In Garrett County, Lake Broadford was closed for swimming due to toxic blue-green algae. And once found in a body of water, it is likely to emerge in following seasons and spread.
At Deep Creek Lake, Friends of Deep Creek Lake submitted an urgent request to DNR to sample potential toxic algal blooms in Back Bay and Pine Tree Point coves. No action was taken by Lake Management. A FoDCL volunteer secured agreement from MDE to analyze sample if we collected it and shipped it to their lab. By the time we had obtained this agreement, the bloom had dispersed due to cooler weather.
Deep Creek Lake management must have capacity to respond immediately to reports of suspected algal blooms in the lake and in the wetland areas, to collect samples– even in shallow waters, and expedite analysis. If management will not act to protect the public health, then it is imperative that the responsible agency provide full support and financing to our watershed protection organization and volunteers.or to a Lakekeeper Organization.
Inaction by lake management threatens the public health as well as local and regional economy, Deep Creek Lake-related jobs, tax revenues and private property valuation.