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Corps closes swim area, monitoring water conditions at Sutton Lake

Jun. 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is cautioning swimmers and boaters at Sutton Lake in Sutton, W.Va., about possible contact with a bloom of blue-green algae that produces a toxin that can be harmful, according to a news release.

For the time being, the swimming area at the south abutment at Sutton Lake will be closed to the public, and caution posters have been posted at all access points to the lake.

Park rangers at Sutton Lake are working with local officials with the health department and the Department of Natural Resources to check water quality at the lake and to inform boaters and swimmers about the possible risks.

Blue-green algae is present in all lakes, but during certain conditions can become concentrated at levels that can cause adverse health effects to people and pets. Most blooms produce skin toxins that may cause rash, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and flu-like symptoms. Some blooms produce nerve and liver toxins, which are extremely dangerous. Children, pets and individuals susceptible to illness or rash are most likely to be affected.

Rangers will continue boat patrols.

For more information, call Public Affairs at 304-399-5353 or 304-360-5757.

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