Blue-Green Algae

Warning to Dog Owners

Lound Village has many lakes and ponds left over from sand and gravel workings. With the recent hot weather and low rain fall there is a possible risk of blue-green algae contamination.

Blue-green algae is a term used to describe a group of bacteria, called cyanobacteria. They are not actually algae, but the organisms got this name because they often give the appearance of algae when they clump together in bodies of water.

Blue-green algae can be toxic to animals and humans. The bacteria cannot be seen with the naked eye unless they clump together. When this happens, blue-green algae can look like green flakes, greenish bundles or brown dots in a pond, lake or stream. When the algae blooms, it can look like a blue-green scum has appeared on the surface of the water. It may not always be harmful but you can’t tell simply by looking, so as a precaution, it’s best not to let your children or dogs near the water during this hot summer spell.