I want to apologize for taking so long to get all the water testing out to the community as it is taken a bit to compile it all and get results back. I would also like to think Bill for his continued dedication to the lake as the Lake/Dam/Spillway Chair. Here is an overview and results of all the testing that has been done in the last few weeks. (PLEASE SEE ALL RESULTS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS COMMUNICATION)
We test for E. Coli twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Tests have consistently been coming back well below the limit set by the state. DNR every year since a limit and this year it is; 126 E. coli colonies per 100 mL of water (MPN). On 8.26.19 we conducted our annual fall E. Coli test and one test came back extremely high outside the swim area. We then had the water testing company come back out and retest the swim area and do a larger testing area around the swim area. All of the second round of tests came back within the limits. We will continue to monitor this area.
Members rightfully started to show concern around this allergy with the three dogs that died in North Carolina. With Bill leading the charge we found a company to do the testing and that testing was conducted on 8/25/19. Unfortunately, there is no guidelines from the EPA around blue-green algae but they do give guidance to local governments suggesting Mycrocystin levels below 2.00 ug/L should be considered acceptable. I am happy to report that our initial testing came back below 2.0 ug/L.
Today on 9/5/2019 we had a member report that there was an algae bloom in Cove 7 and another member report that they saw a milky white film in Cove 6. Below is a picture of the algae spotted in Cove 7.
- We have contacting DNR, MDC, and taken samples to the water testing company to help identify the unknown algae. We will communicate any and all information we find out about this event.
If you have any questions about the testing or lake in general please reach out to Bill Brumitt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again for your continued support