Warning to swimmers and pet owners after blue-green algae spotted in Windermere

The Westmorland Gazette: Warning to swimmers and pet owners after blue-green algae spotted in Windermere Warning to swimmers and pet owners after blue-green algae spotted in Windermere

TRACES of blue-green algae have been spotted in Windermere prompting warnings to swimmers and pet owners.

Toxins from the algae can kill wild animals, livestock and pets.

Lake District National Park Authority guidelines say the algae can cause rashes on humans after skin contact and illness if swallowed.

Illnesses including eye irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and muscle and joint pain have occurred in people who have swallowed or swam through algal scum.

These haven’t led to long-term effects or death but, in some cases, the illnesses can be severe, said the LDNPA.

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The SLDC-operated Lake Wardens took to Twitter to say: "Please be aware before swimming in the lake there are traces of blue green algae in the water at this time."

Call the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 to report a sighting. 

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10:10am Sat 7 Jun 14

life cycle too says...

I would be interested to see if there is any research that showed shallow still water contributes to this.
This phenomenon didn't seem to occur when ski boats plied the lake regularly!
I would be interested to see if there is any research that showed shallow still water contributes to this. This phenomenon didn't seem to occur when ski boats plied the lake regularly! life cycle too
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8:40am Sun 8 Jun 14

timlike2014 says...

I saw some 4 days ago down at Cockshott point in the really shallow water. It did occur before the speed limit but very rarely
I saw some 4 days ago down at Cockshott point in the really shallow water. It did occur before the speed limit but very rarely timlike2014
  • Score: -5

8:41am Sun 8 Jun 14

Keeping_it_real says...

The water needs churning to stop this. Oh wait, I've got an idea, why don't the LDNP allow speed boats to churn the water! Genius!
The water needs churning to stop this. Oh wait, I've got an idea, why don't the LDNP allow speed boats to churn the water! Genius! Keeping_it_real
  • Score: -13

10:03am Sun 8 Jun 14

Ekythump says...

I don't really get it. I do lake swimming and everything seems to be going ahead. No announcement, or even acknowledgement on Great North Swim website. A little worrying?
I don't really get it. I do lake swimming and everything seems to be going ahead. No announcement, or even acknowledgement on Great North Swim website. A little worrying? Ekythump
  • Score: 7

11:52pm Sun 8 Jun 14

life cycle too says...

Ekythump wrote:
I don't really get it. I do lake swimming and everything seems to be going ahead. No announcement, or even acknowledgement on Great North Swim website. A little worrying?
Not as worrying that the mere observation that still waters might be responsible, evidenced by a change in the lake use has attracted so many dislikes.

Clearly if there IS an answer to the blue/green algae, some would plump for the algae if the answer involved stirring up the water.
The flyboarding carried out at Low Wood may well save the event, and prove to be an answer to outbreaks of algae elsewhere.
[quote][p][bold]Ekythump[/bold] wrote: I don't really get it. I do lake swimming and everything seems to be going ahead. No announcement, or even acknowledgement on Great North Swim website. A little worrying?[/p][/quote]Not as worrying that the mere observation that still waters might be responsible, evidenced by a change in the lake use has attracted so many dislikes. Clearly if there IS an answer to the blue/green algae, some would plump for the algae if the answer involved stirring up the water. The flyboarding carried out at Low Wood may well save the event, and prove to be an answer to outbreaks of algae elsewhere. life cycle too
  • Score: -2

1:14am Mon 9 Jun 14

Waterhead says...

Hey Westmorland Gazette! Can you investigate WHY there is blue green algae in the lake? It happens every year, is there a problem somewhere?

Perhaps it is from excessive pollution from tourism (sewage works not dealing with the pressure from tourists)? Or is it from farming (sheep poo and wee after lambing / fertilisers put on the land and washing into streams then the lakes)?

However the Great North Swim is coming up, this short piece is obviously bait for clicks and commenters...
Hey Westmorland Gazette! Can you investigate WHY there is blue green algae in the lake? It happens every year, is there a problem somewhere? Perhaps it is from excessive pollution from tourism (sewage works not dealing with the pressure from tourists)? Or is it from farming (sheep poo and wee after lambing / fertilisers put on the land and washing into streams then the lakes)? However the Great North Swim is coming up, this short piece is obviously bait for clicks and commenters... Waterhead
  • Score: 15

1:47pm Tue 10 Jun 14

tictoc1 says...

Lift the speed limit, problem solved!
Lift the speed limit, problem solved! tictoc1
  • Score: -3

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