posters installed in algae outbreak at Highbridge's Apex Park
posters have been installed around the lakes at Apex Park in Highbridge
this week amid continuing concern about a potentially toxic algae
first reported here
by Burnham-On-Sea.com, the algae has been growing across the water
surface of the lake next to the main car park during the past few
days, helped by the recent hot weather.
posters warn Apex users to keep out of the water, to keep dogs out
of the lake, not to fish, and not to swim there.
District Council, which manages the park, says it's closely monitoring
the material and has installed the new posters as a precaution.
Blue-green algae is toxic to animals and people.
spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "SDC are still
awaiting scientific test results to establish the type of algal
bloom at Apex Park lake. However, as a precaution, warning signs
will be in place which give advice. The main thing is not to let
humans or dogs swim, paddle or drink the water."
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."
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."
not swim in the water, Do not let dogs in the water or let them
drink it, Do not swallow the water, Avoid contact with the algae,
Do not eat fish caught from the water, Observe and abide by any
warning notices positioned around the water."
The algae outbreak at Apex Park in Highbridge this week