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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: May 27, 2020
CONTACT: Amanda McQuaid (603) 271-0698 (O), 848-8094 (C)

State Issues Cyanobacteria Advisory for Governors Lake in Raymond, New Hampshire

Concord, NH - A cyanobacteria bloom has been observed on Governors Lake in Raymond, NH. Samples were collected on May 27, 2020 at 11 am. The samples contained Anabaena/Dolichospermum, Woronichinia, and Microcystis. Cell concentrations were 1.975 million cells per milliliter of lake water at the boat launch beach and were more concentrated along the main beach (too numerous to count). Advisories are issued when cell concentrations exceed 70,000 cells/ml. As a result, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has issued a cyanobacteria advisory for those who use the waterbody for recreation. The advisory is not based on a toxin evaluation and is intended as a precautionary measure for short term exposure.

The bloom appears as green clouds and streaks near shorelines and beaches of the lake. Surface blooms can rapidly change and accumulate in various locations around a waterbody. Please continue to monitor your individual shorelines for changing conditions. NHDES advises lake users to avoid contact with the water in areas experiencing elevated cyanobacteria cell conditions, also known as a bloom. NHDES also advises pet owners to keep their pets out of any waters that have a cyanobacteria bloom.

Cyanobacteria are natural components of water bodies worldwide, though blooms and surface scums may form when excess nutrients are available to the water. Some cyanobacteria produce toxins that are stored within the cells and 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 may include liver and central nervous system damage. Be cautious of lake water that has a surface scum, changes colors, or appears to have green streaks or blue-green flecks aggregating along the shore.

The cyanobacteria advisory went into effect on May 27, 2020 and will remain in effect until NHDES confirms that cell concentrations of the bloom have subsided.

A cyanobacteria bloom has been observed on Governors Lake in Raymond, NH

cyanobacteria bloom on Governors Lake in Raymond, NH

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
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