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Toxic algae risk closes reservoir

Dale Clarke alongside one of the signs warning visitors to Kings Mill Reservoir about the algae.

Dale Clarke alongside one of the signs warning visitors to Kings Mill Reservoir about the algae.

COUNCIL chiefs have reassured people that work is being done to monitor blue-green algae at King’s Mill Reservoir.

The reassurance comes following concerns from the public about the algae, also known as cyanobacteria, which can be toxic to wildlife and humans if they come into contact with it.

Dale Clarke Commodore of Sutton In Ashfield Sailing Club said: “ The reservoir is full of the stuff. I understand it is six times higher that the World Health Organisation acceptable levels, so we have cancelled the sailing for the time being.

“We are praying for rain to cool it and help wash it away.”

A spokesperson for Ashfield District Council said: “Due to high levels of blue green algae, King’s Mill Reservoir cannot be used at this time. Signage has been put up across the site and all users have been informed of the current situation.

“The Council is carrying out testing on a weekly basis and once there are two readings below the required standard, activities can resume.

Measures to reduce the impact of the natural occurrence includes regular testing and the use of straw bales and reed beds to minimise the chance of a blue green algae bloom.

She added: “Straw bales have been fitted into the reservoir already this year and more are to be fitted. Although this will not solve the problem, it may help to improve the condition faster than simply allowing the natural process to work through.”

 

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