Annual Town Election March 26 Read More
updated 8:42 AM on Thu Mar 22nd, 2018

Reappearance of Algae at Willis Lake

Published on Tuesday, 9/8/2015 1:09 pm | by Health Department | Updated on Wednesday, 2/7/2018 12:22 pm | Automatically Archived on 2/8/2018

This Post has been archived and it's content might be outdated. If you are looking for recent content please check this Department's Homepage

A visual inspection of the water at Willis Lake revealed the presence of algae, assumed to be Blue-Green algae, or cyanobacteria, confirmed earlier this summer. Prolonged warm temperatures may be contributing to the blooms. The Department of Public Health has been notified and an advisory posted at the lake.

People and pets should avoid contact with the water at Willis Lake until further notice. Ingesting small amounts of toxin (microcystin), produced by cyanobacteria, can cause gastrointestinal distress. Symptoms of microcystin poisoning are abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. Elevated levels of the toxin may cause serious neurological effects. Eye, ear, and skin irritations can also occur. Contact your physician if you experience symptoms.

Email this Article
Back to Health Department

Subscribe Subscribe to Email Lists