Dangerous blue-green algae is back in St. Albans Bay, frustrating a local group working to keep the water clean.
St. Albans bay has seen re-occurring problems and the area watershed association says most of the bay was covered this weekend. The group blames the blooms on an abundance of weeds at the bottom of the lake. They restrict water flow, create stagnant zones and decay along the shoreline. The group removes about 400 tons of weeds per year but says one harvester isn't cutting it. They are calling for more state funding to address the problem.
"We're witnessing what some would term an ecological disaster as the St. Albans Bay becomes eutrophic. And it would turn into a swamp if we weren't continuing to put some effort into this," said Steve Cushing with the St. Albans Area Watershed Association.
Beyond the unsightly scum on the surface of the water, the algae can be toxic -- causing skin irritation and illness if swallowed.