Blue-green algae advisory issued for Buck Lake

Faith Castro
August 12, 2017

The Oakland County Health Department says unsafe algae blooms are invading lakes. Summit Lake was declared in a state of emergency back in May after an algae bloom turned toxic. Swim beaches will be open from 11 6 p.m. Saturday at both the Lake Temescal and Quarry Lakes regional recreation areas.

Recent tests show that the level of algae is down and the lakes are safe to swim in again.

Park district officials said Lake Temescal and Quarry Lakes will be open to swimming from 11 6 p.m. daily until August 18 and weekends and holidays after that.

Blue-green algae, also called cyanobacteria, is a naturally occurring bacteria that can produce toxic chemicals, particularly in stagnant, nutrient-rich water during hot weather.

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The lack of wind coupled with strong sun and very little run off of fresh rain has not allowed much mixing of the lake waters.

Mason said park district water quality experts can't say why the toxic algae cleared up when it did.

Areas of Buck Lake in which the blue-green algae bloom is not visible can still be used for recreational purposes, even while the advisory is in place.

They said Lake Temescal will be open on weekends and holidays until Sept. 17 and Quarry Lakes will be open on weekends and holidays until September 4.

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