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Sutton Lake beach reopens after algae clears

By Candace Nelson

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found that the blue-green algae detected in Sutton Lake this week has dissipated, and the South Abutment Beach near the dam has been reopened to the public, according to a news release.

Visitors are no longer discouraged from contact with the water. Updated advisory posters will remain in place until July 8 to advise the public to be cautious and avoid areas with blue-green algae.

The Charleston Daily Mail reported Friday that blue-green algae was detected near the beach, which was closed due to the potential of the algae bloom to produce toxins harmful to children and animals.

Park Rangers will continue to work with the local health department and the Department of Natural Resources to monitor the water quality.

No other lake in the Huntington District has shown signs of a harmful bloom of blue-green algae. For more information, call Public Affairs at 304-399-5353 or 304-360-5757.


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