RICHMOND, Virginia (WWBT) – Parts of Lake Anna are experiencing harmful algal blooms in Orange, Louisa and Spotsylvania counties, and initial advisories have been extended.
The public should avoid the lake in these areas until levels are acceptable.
Some harmful algae can cause rashes and gastrointestinal illnesses, such as upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
“Sample results provided on August 11 from the August 5 collections indicated that at seven locations in the North Anna and Pamunkey Branches, bathing advisories are required due to dangerous levels of potentially toxin-producing cyanobacteria,” VDH said in a statement.
A follow-up follow-up is planned for the second week of September.
Here are the sections of the lake affected by the current advisory:
Pamunkey branch (addition of the Rt. 522 site, Branch remains under notice)
- Upper flood waters from the Pamunkey Arm of the lake downstream to Bridge 612. (Includes Terry’s Run).
North Anna branch (notice issued)
- Middle – From Rt. 522 Bridge downstream to Lumsden Flats / Rose Valley Cove.
- Upper inundated waters of the North Anna Arm of the lake downstream to above the confluence with the Pamunkey Branch above Goodwins Point. Does not include “the Splits”.
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