park's lakes 'still showing signs of toxic algae'
environmental tests of the water in the lakes at Apex Park in Highbridge
have found potentially toxic blue-green algae remains a danger over
five weeks after it was first discovered.
Faun, from Sedgemoor District Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com on
Friday: "The council has this week been advised by the Environment
Agency that after the weekly sampling, the Blue-Green algae levels
are still above threshold in Apex Park."
added: "Weekly sampling will continue and the warning signs
will remain in place."
District Council is continuing to ask park users to stay away from
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 in August here
that the algae had been discovered on the water surface of the lake
next to the main car park, as pictured below.
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