Created on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
The Indian Lake Watershed Project is partnering with Ohio Lake Management Society to educate the public about proactive measures that can help prevent harmful algal blooms from popping up at Indian Lake.
Harmful algae blooms discolor Grand Lake St. Marys. (SUBMITTED PHOTO | VICKY BOOTS)
The groups host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, in the fellowship hall at Indian Lake Community Church, 120 S. Orchard Island Road, Russells Point, to discuss the toxic blooms, their ecology, harmful impact and methods of controlling the blooms.
The algae blooms in recent years have infected Grand Lake St. Marys in Celina and have rendered the lake unusable for stretches.
“Harmful algal blooms happen when cyanobacteria, a type of blue-green algae, grow uncontrollably in our waters,” according to Vicky Boots, ILWP executive director.
“These algae produce toxic chemicals that are potentially hazardous to our health. Ohio agencies have been watching our lakes for HABs and strategies are being developed to protect us and our water from their harmful effects.”
One such strategy is education and monitoring, and ILWP intends to rely on Indian Lake residents and visitors to assist in the effort.