Division of Water lifts Harmful Algal Bloom Advisory for six Kentucky Lakes

Division of Water advises lake users to continue to use caution

Sampling conducted by the Division of Water (DOW) in October found that cyanobacteria cell counts in several Kentucky lakes with user advisories relating to harmful algal blooms (HABs) were below 100,000 cells/mL. The DOW is removing the “caution” advisory for Beaver Lake (Anderson Co.), Greenbrier Creek Reservoir (Montgomery County), Guist Creek Lake (Shelby Co.), Long Run Lake and McNeely Lake (Jefferson Co.), and Reformatory Lake (Oldham Co.). However, as HABs can disappear and recur over a fairly short period the DOW continues to advise people using all natural waters to observe the conditions of the water and avoid contact with waters that appear to have harmful algae growth or other conditions that may indicate contamination of that water. Continue reading “Division of Water lifts Harmful Algal Bloom Advisory for six Kentucky Lakes”

Potentially Harmful Algal Blooms identified in another Kentucky lake

Division of Water advises lake visitors to make informed decisions

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have confirmed the presence of potentially harmful algal blooms (HABs), or cyanobacteria at levels exceeding recommended safety thresholds at several lakes in Kentucky. Lake Reba in Richmond has been added to the list of Kentucky lakes identified as having HABs. Lake Reba was recently found to contain numerous surface scums of cyanobacteria with cell counts exceeding one million cells/mL.

In June, DOW released a similar advisory about harmful algal blooms at Barren River Lake, Nolin Reservoir, Green River Lake, Rough River Lake, Taylorsville Lake and Greenbriar Creek Reservoir (Montgomery County). In August, DOW released an advisory for nine additional lakes: Guist Creek Lake (Shelby County); Willisburg Lake (Washington County); Carpenters Lake (Daviess County); and Beaver Lake (Anderson County), McNeely Lake and Long Run Lake (Jefferson County), Reformatory Lake (Oldham County), Campbellsville City Reservoir (Taylor County), and General Butler State Park Lake (Carroll County). Advisories for all of these lakes and reservoirs are still in effect. Monitoring by the USACE and the DOW confirmed the presence of potentially harmful algal blooms in the lakes identified above. The Department of Public Health, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Parks, and other stakeholders have been informed of these conditions. Continue reading “Potentially Harmful Algal Blooms identified in another Kentucky lake”

Potentially Harmful Algal Blooms identified in several more Kentucky lakes

Division of Water advises lake visitors to make informed decisions

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have confirmed the presence of potentially harmful algal blooms (HABs), or cyanobacteria at levels exceeding recommended safety thresholds at several lakes in Kentucky, including McNeely Lake and Long Run Lake (Jefferson County), Reformatory Lake (Oldham County), Campbellsville City Reservoir (Taylor County), and General Butler State Park Lake (Carroll County). Continue reading “Potentially Harmful Algal Blooms identified in several more Kentucky lakes”

Potentially Harmful algal blooms identified in several Kentucky lakes

Division of Water advises lake visitors to make informed decisions

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have confirmed the presence of potentially harmful algal blooms (HABs), or cyanobacteria at levels exceeding recommended safety thresholds at several lakes in Kentucky. These lakes include Guist Creek Lake, Willisburg Lake, Carpenters Lake and Beaver Lake.

This past June, DOW released similar warnings about harmful algal blooms at Barren River Lake, Nolin Reservoir, Green River Lake, Rough River Lake, Taylorsville Lake and Greenbriar Creek Reservoir in Montgomery County. Advisories for all of these lakes and reservoirs are still in effect. Continue reading “Potentially Harmful algal blooms identified in several Kentucky lakes”