Foundation: Local algae blooms appearing in Lake Pontchartrain
Contributor: FOX8Live.com Staff
FOX 8 received this news release from the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Tuesday afternoon:
LPBF confirms local occurrences of algae blooms occurring in Lake Pontchartrain. Sporadic patches of algae have been seen scattered along the south shore seawall from Seabrook to the Causeway Bridge in recent days. Other occurrences have been seen near the north shore, near the Causeway Bridge, and toward Mandeville. Satellite imagery suggests some larger algae zones have moved past the Causeway Bridge toward the center of Lake Pontchartrain.
Algae blooms are more likely to occur during hot summer months when the lake is calm. If dense, algae can be unhealthy and we recommend that you do not come into direct contact with water with an algae bloom. Water that is distinctly green or contains floating green mats is likely to be an algae bloom. Swimmers are advised to be especially cautious during the 4th of July Holiday.
LPBF will conduct reconnaissance on the lake to monitor for the extent of the algae as well as continue to examine satellite imagery. Dense algae may lead to depletion of oxygen in the water and to fish kills. This is more likely to occur in local in isolated harbors or channels where an algae bloom is present. These areas should also be avoided by swimmers.