Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) No Longer Observed in Two Coves on Lake Wylie in Mecklenburg County

Rusty Rozzelle
Rusty.Rozzelle@MeckNC.gov
11/23/2022
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Mecklenburg County, N.C. – On November 7, 2022, active Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) were observed by staff with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services in two coves on Lake Wylie in Mecklenburg County, one located just north of Strollaway Road, and one located between Strollaway Road and Red Fez Club Road (see map below).

On November 22, 2022, staff conducted a follow up investigation of these same areas and did not observe any visual indicators of active HABs. A water samples was also collected, and no harmful algae were identified.  The colder water temperatures we are currently experiencing typically cause blooms to dissipate. During their November 22nd investigation, staff observed brown, scummy water indicative of organic decomposition that is also typically seen on the lake with colder temperatures and the “turnover” of the water. The attached pictures illustrate staff’s observations on November 7 and 22, 2022.

If you see a bloom, please make sure to report it so staff can investigate:

Always remember, when in doubt, stay out.

To receive notifications of HAB and No Swimming advisories in Mecklenburg County, text MECKNOSWIM to 888-777.

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Approximate Locations of Areas of Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) Just North of Strollaway Road, and Between Strollaway Road and Red Fez Club Road (Outlined in “Red" Below)

Approximate Locations of Areas of Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) Just North of Strollaway Road.


Observations made by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services in the Cove on Lake Wylie in Mecklenburg County Located North of Strollaway Road.

Observations made by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services in the Cove on Lake Wylie in Mecklenburg County.