Algae update

The Nashoba Board of Health took the second sample for algae and toxin testing on September 17 and the results came back with algae cell count approximately double the allowed limit, although toxins were again below the detectable limit. However, because the cell count is a leading indicator that toxins may be released as cells die, the recommendation to the Stow Board of Health is to keep the beach closed and maintain the advisory not to swim and keep animals away from the rest of the lake. (It should be noted that the Nashoba representative wore a bathing suit to get the necessary representative sample from water 3 ft deep because the town beach docks had been removed for the season!)

Separately, a representative from Solitude Lake Management was on the lake today assessing the pondweed situation in the first basin for review in planning possible treatment next year.

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