Blue-Green Algae Suspected In Southwood Lakes Ponds

Saturday August 8th, 2020

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The City of Windsor is warning residents living in the area of three Southwood Lakes ponds of the possible presence of blue-green algae in the water.

Blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria) are microscopic bacteria that occur naturally in fresh water lakes, ponds, rivers and streams in the late summer and early fall. In warm weather, with the right nutrients (phosphorous and nitrogen) and low wind, they can form a large mass called a bloom. These blooms can make the water appear bluish-green, can form solid looking clumps, and may contain toxins that can be dangerous to the health of humans and especially animals.

The city says that the ponds in Southwood Lakes were designed as storm water facilities and not as recreational ponds, and it is recommended that residents refrain from using the ponds for recreational purposes. Pets and young children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of blue-green algae and should not be permitted to play in or near the water.

Residents in the area are also reminded to restrict the use of fertilizers as they contribute to the growth of all types of algae including blue-green algae.

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