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Leitrim CoCo continue efforts to tackle algal bloom

Aug 15, 2022 18:08 By Shannonside News
Leitrim CoCo continue efforts to tackle algal bloom Leitrim CoCo continue efforts to tackle algal bloom
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The algae can be poisonous to animals and dangerous to humans

Efforts are continuing in Leitrim to lift a bathing ban at one of the county's most popular swimming spots due to the presence of algal bloom.

On Wednesday Leitrim County Council issued a do not swim or drink notice for Keeldra Lough near Cloone.

The local authority say there’s no quick fix to the problem however they have placed barley straw on the lake which they hope will reduce the level of chemicals.

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Cooler and wetter weather conditions will also help alleviate the bloom.

It’s caused by too many nutrients in the water which can be as a result of septic tanks or the spreading of slurry close to the area.

Environment Technician with Leitirm County Council Orla Feehily says they’re currently monitoring the situation alongside the HSE.

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We will continue to monitor it.

We'll be taking chlorophyll samples and we'll be checking microscopically to see what kind of species are present.

We'll be keeping an eye on the water body and as soon as we feel its safe, we'll be lifting the notice.

For people to be aware, please steer clear and err on the side of caution.

Don't let dogs drink the water and don't swim.

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