Algae in Woodridge lake reduces the clarity of the water. But, most people do not know of the health concerns from algae. Some algae blooms cause ‘swimmers itch’, others cause an upset stomach. But, the largest fear is from the toxins in blue-green algae which can cause ALS and other neurological diseases. Lake management at Woodridge Lake requires that we take algae blooms seriously and do all possible to keep them to a minimum.
What causes algae blooms in our lake?
For algae to grow, nutrients are needed to support growth. The natural nutrients are caused by decaying plant and animal matter, animal defecation, and runoff from farms and forests. Unfortunately, the largest source of nutrients is from applications of fertilizers on our lawns and gardens, application of pesticides, and the town’s application of salts on our roads.
What can we do?
- stop the application fertilizers to our lawns and gardens. During the Summer of 2015 we saw 32 homes along Hyerdale Drive with signs noting the application of fertilizers/pesticides.
- clean up defecation from our pets.
- ask the Town of Goshen to stop using salt on our roads.
- keep our association from using pesticides in our lake.
- harvest curly leaf pondweed in May/June before it decays in our lake.