Update on Blue-Green Algae (Cyanobacteria) Found in Lake Wylie September 8, 2021

Rusty Rozzelle
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​Mecklenburg County, NC – During their latest assessment of Boyd’s Cove on Lake Wylie conducted on September 8, 2021, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services did not observe active Blue-Green Algae (cyanobacteria) blooms in any areas in Boyd’s Cove on Lake Wylie.  During the previous assessment on August 30, 2021, blooms were detected in four (4) smaller cove numbers 2, 4, 6, and 7 within Boyd’s Cove as shown in the attached map. Assessments for cyanobacteria blooms in Boyd’s Cove have been ongoing since blooms were first observed on August 6, 2021. A summary of the findings from these assessments is provided in the attachment. These assessments will continue until no active blooms are observed for two (2) consecutive weeks; therefore, an assessment will occur during the week of September 13, 2021 and results will be reported. Although algae are commonly observed in lakes and ponds, cyanobacteria are a type of algae that is less commonly observed and is of particular concern because it has the ability to produce toxins that may be harmful to humans and pets. The location and extent of an algal bloom can change quickly so it is important to look for the visual signs that a bloom is occurring prior to contact with the water. Visual signs of a bloom may include bright green, blue, discolored, and/or scummy water. If visual signs are observed, follow the safety recommendations below.

  • People and pets do not contact the water or algae.
  • Do not handle cook or eat dead fish that may be present. Avoid fishing in the bloom area.
  • If you come into contact with an algal bloom, wash thoroughly. 
  • Use clean water to rinse off pets that may have come into contact with an algal bloom.
  • If you or your child appears ill after being in waters containing an algal bloom, seek medical care immediately.  Symptoms include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, itchy skin or rash.
  • If your pet appears to stumble, stagger or collapse after being in a pond, lake or river, seek veterinary care immediately.