Tufton Pond at Lake Monticello has been cleared of potential harmful blue-green algae, after treatment by a specialized company, according to a press release by the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association.
Solitude Lake Management, a company that specializes in water quality management, first treated the pond on August 20th, after it was hired by the owners’ association. A second full treatment wasn’t deemed necessary, just a spot treatment. The result is that Tufton is now cleared of the algae.
Warning signs that were posted by the owners’ association to let visitors know of the algae bloom have been removed. Swimmers and pets are never allowed in the pond, but the warning signs were posted as a precaution. Solitude Lake Management and the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association will keep monitoring the pond going forward.
There have been no observations of blue-green algae in the main lake.
Tufton Pond is not the first body of water in the region to be affected by the potential harmful algae. It’s also been found in Lake Anna and the Rivanna River. Recently, Mint Springs Park in Crozet was shut down for the duration of the summer after the algae was discovered there.
When in doubt, it’s always good to stay away from water that is foamy, thick like paint, green or reddish brown in color. That might indicate the algae are present. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the algae can cause vomiting, skin rash, diarrhea, cramps and in some cases can affect the nervous system.