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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: August 23, 2018
CONTACT: Amanda McQuaid (603) 271-0698 (O), 848-8094 (C)
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State REMOVES Cyanobacteria Lake Warning for Lake Wicwas in Meredith, NH

Concord, NH –The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) has REMOVED a cyanobacteria lake warning issued on 8/9/2018. Volunteers of Lake Wicwas have been monitoring this waterbody carefully. Periodic blooms were seen in July and early August. Samples collected 8/7/18 revealed that the state threshold of 70,000 cells/ml was exceeded. NHDES attempted to sample 8/16/18 but had limited access to inspect the lake. Communication with volunteers and lake residents has been ongoing. There have been no sightings of this bloom since the advisory was issued. Follow-up reports indicate that the bloom had likely dissipated by 8/9/2018. Please continue to monitor your individual shorelines for changing conditions.

Cyanobacteria are natural components of water bodies worldwide, but blooms and surface scums may form when excess nutrients are available to the water. Some cyanobacteria produce toxins that are stored within the cells that can be released upon cell death. Toxins can cause both acute and chronic health effects that range in severity. Acute health effects include irritation of skin and mucous membranes, tingling, numbness, nausea, vomiting, seizures and diarrhea. Chronic effects include liver and central nervous system damage.

NHDES advises lake users to avoid contact with the water in areas experiencing elevated cyanobacteria cell conditions typically where lake water has a surface scum, green streaks or blue-green flecks aggregating along the shore. NHDES also advises pet owners to keep their pets out of any waters that have a cyanobacteria bloom.

NHDES routinely monitors public beaches and public waters of the state for cyanobacteria. Once a cyanobacteria lake warning or beach advisory has been issued, NHDES returns to affected waterbodies on a weekly basis until the cyanobacteria standards are again met.

The warning went into effect on August 9, 2018, and was removed on August 23, 2018.

Visit the NHDES Beach Program website for photos and more information about cyanobacteria at www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/beaches/index.htm
Updates on advisories and warnings may be obtained at www4.des.state.nh.us/WaterShed_BeachMaps/WaterShed_BeachMaps.aspx
Follow the Beaches twitter feed:
twitter.com/NHDES_Beaches

If you notice anything resembling cyanobacteria, please refrain from wading, swimming, or drinking the water. Keep all pets out of the water and contact NHDES immediately. Please call NHDES to report a cyanobacteria bloom at (603) 848-8094.




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