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Algal bloom warning in place for Keeldra Lake

May 30, 2021 09:05 By Shannonside News
Algal bloom warning in place for Keeldra Lake Algal bloom warning in place for Keeldra Lake
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There is a warning in place not to enter the water due to algal bloom in Keeldra Lake.

Efforts are continuing in Leitrim to tackle the algal bloom on Keeldra Lake which has led to a warning for humans and animals not to enter it.

The lake is the only designated bathing spot in the county and it attracts large numbers of people during the summer months each year.

The algal bloom has been spotted on the lake a number of times since last November and council engineer Marie Mulligan says they're continuing their efforts to find out the main cause.

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The bloom is caused by too many nutrients being present in the water and this can be as a result of septic tanks or the spreading of slurry in the area.

Marie Mulligan says they are trying to source barley-straw bales to float on the lake as a temporary means of treating the bloom but it's proving difficult to find…

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