Algae still concern at Barren River Lake and Nolin, Rough River, Taylorsville lakes

   In addition to Barren River Lake, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is cautioning boaters and swimmers at Nolin, Rough River and Taylorsville lakes about possible contact with a bloom of blue-green algae in all four lakes.
   Contact with the bloom is capable of producing toxins that can be especially harmful to small children, those with illness and animals.
   The cautionary notice that was issued July 19 at Barren River Lake is still in effect. The Corps is taking water samples on a regular basis to determine the extent of the algae bloom, and when the caution can be lifted. 
   However, the lake remains open to recreational users for swimming and boating, but they should be aware of the possibility of adverse health impacts associated with contact with the water.
   Due to high water, however, the beaches and swim areas are closed at this time.
   The blue-green algae is a natural element of the lakes; however, large amounts of phosperous and nitrogen cause its bloom to be toxin to some.  
Precautionary measures include:
• Avoiding contact with visible algae and not swallowing water while swimming.
• Taking a bath or shower with warm, soapy water after coming in contact with water in ponds and lakes, especially before preparing or consuming food.
• Animals should also not be allowed to swim in or drink untreated water from these sources. Animals can be poisoned by the toxins produced by some algal blooms. Small animals can ingest a toxic dose quickly.
• Dogs are particularly susceptible to blue-green algae poisoning because the scum can attach to their coats and be swallowed during self-cleaning.
• Remove fish skin and organs before cooking; do not consume or allow animals to consume the organs or skin.
   Clinical signs of blue green algae poisoning in animals include vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, weakness, seizures and  in extreme levels of toxins, sudden death, especially in livestock.
   For questions, please contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Barren River Lake Project Office at 270-646-2055.

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