Harmful algae found in Tufton Pond

Lake Monticello’s Tufton Pond is off-limits to pets and people after blue-green algae was spotted in the water, according to a press release issued today (Aug. 19) by the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association.

The algae can be harmful to people and animals.

“The LMOA Maintenance Team has been monitoring some signs of blue-green algae in Tufton Pond,” according to the release. “LMOA will be posting ‘watch’ signs at Tufton Pond to recommend no pets swimming in the pond and for everyone to avoid contact with the water.”

LMOA General Manager Steve Hurwitz said the pond and Lake Monticello are being monitored. No blue-green algae have been discovered at the lake.

The algae, which can cause vomiting, skin rash and other health problem, have recently been found in Lake Anna, the Rivanna River and in Mint Springs in Crozet.  Some 30-50% of blue green algae infestations can be harmful to pets and humans.

Tufton Pond will be treated tomorrow, according to the release.


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