Recently both Charlie and me begin to explore Arbuckle Lake in pursuit of carp. Last Saturday I noticed how much the lake had dropped due to the absence of rain. Take that and add in the searing temperatures and a recipe starts to come together.
Today, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area released a Blue-Green Algae alert. Here is the news release.
Areas of the Lake of the Arbuckles Tested Positive
for Blue Green Algae
Chickasaw NRA has confirmed the presence of Blue-Green
Algae in the Lake of the Arbuckles. Recent testing by the Department of
Environmental Quality (DEQ) has shown positive results for small blue-green
algae blooms in remote areas of the Lake of the Arbuckles.
Blue-green algae (BGA) are free floating, microscopic
organisms naturally present in reservoirs, lakes and streams. They are
photosynthetic bacteria, which mean they need light to survive. They are
usually found in low numbers, but in very warm, shallow and undisturbed waters
that receive a great deal of sunlight, blue-green algae can increase in numbers
and form blooms. When these blooms rise to the surface of the water, they can
cause the water to look like a thick mat of pea soup or scum and often they
turn bluish-green to red in color.
It is important to note that not all blooms produce
toxins, but under the right conditions they can produce toxins that are harmful
to humans and animals. The toxins produced by BGA may cause a variety of
reactions, most commonly upper respiratory problems, skin rashes, eye
irritation, vomiting and diarrhea. Adults are not often affected by BGA since
they are less likely to be exposed; however, the consumptions or inhalation of
BGA can be unsafe. Any contact with BGA can be harmful. Please use caution when
boating, waterskiing, swimming, fishing, etc. Take a shower after coming into
contact with surface water, whether or not a BGA bloom appears to be present,
to wash away any potentially harmful bacteria. Children are more vulnerable
than adults because they tend to play in the water and are not as cautious as
adults and they are more likely to drink or accidently swallow water when
swimming. Children usually weigh less than adults, so a smaller quantity of
toxins may trigger a more severe effect. Pets and livestock are particularly
susceptible to the harmful effects of BGA.
Chickasaw NRA is asking all visitors to please be
aware of their surroundings while enjoying the Lake of the Arbuckles. If you
notice any areas of concern, please contact Precious Braggs at 580-622-7262 or
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.