BELOW IS INFORMATION ABOUT TOXIC ALGAE ALERTS:
When there is a toxic algae bloom in Ohop Lake, areas of the lake with algae are unsafe for people and pets.
Keep children and pets away from areas with algae.
Do not swim, wade, water ski, or fish in areas with algae.
You can easily identify a toxic algae bloom because of its unusual color or appearance in the water. Usually a bloom makes the lake surface look like pea soup or green paint, but sometimes the bloom may be a different color (bluish or brownish). Wind and rain can greatly change the amount and location of algae in the lake.
Swallowing lake water containing algae or prolonged skin contact with the algae may result in illness, such as muscle weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or nausea. Anyone who swallows water containing large amounts of algae should seek immediate medical attention.
The risk to pets is much greater than the risk to people. Pets have smaller body sizes and are more likely to drink water containing a heavy concentration of algae. If a pet ingests a large amount of algae and is showing signs such as vomiting, lethargy, disorientation, or seizures, take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Runoff from fertilizers, animal and human waste reach our lakes and contribute to algae growth. Reducing the use of fertilizers, properly maintaining septic systems, and properly disposing of pet waste helps improve water quality in lakes, streams, groundwater, and Puget Sound.
For more information, please contact Ray Hanowell at (253) 798-2845 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Austin Jennings at (253) 798-4715 (email@example.com), or visit our website at www.tpchd.org/toxicalgae.
Toxic algae outbreaks continue to be a worsening issue not only for OHOP LAKE, but in other Pierce County lakes. This brochure from the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department helps to explain the problem.
We should all educate ourselves as to how we can do our part in decreasing the nutrients that contribute to this problem. Everyone needs to be aware of the ways in which they may be contributing to the problem:
Not everyone is on the Ohop Lake email list, so please check with your neighbors to make sure they know about this issue and aren't contributing to the problem.
Lake treatment plans
Aqua Technex was used for our latest treatment. Click here for their suggested Plant Management Plan.
Follow up: Brazilian Elodea and White Water Lily
While the White Water Lily has been almost entirely eradicated, our fight with Brazilian Elodea goes on. Currently it is being controlled but not eliminated.
Control efforts will continue with survey and treatment this year. Please keep your eyes on the lake: plant fragments arriving on boats at the public ramp could start new infestations at any time. Let the Board know if you spot unfamiliar aquatic plants along your waterfront. If they are "non-native invasive" species, the Board will incorporate them into future treatments paid from OLIC funds.
WATER QUALITY COMMITTEE
Do you have an interest in water quality testing or the health of Ohop Lake? Please consider getting involved and joining our Water Quality Committee.
Water Quality Committee
Chair: Michelle Cornwell
Contact: 253-298-2375 or firstname.lastname@example.org
OUTDATED SEPTIC SYSTEM?
Did you know there are loans available for replacing outdated septic systems? Clean water loans are available through Craft3. Septic systems must be at least 25 yrs old and have evidence of failing in order to be eligible. For more information:
THE SCOOP ON GOOSE POOP
Canada Geese on Ohop Lake can be a nuisance to some, while others enjoy them.
Unfortunately, the geese population has an effect on the water quality of Ohop Lake.
Click on any of the links below to become acquainted with lethal and non-lethal methods available to control the geese:
1. Tips on Keeping Resident Canada Geese From Becoming a Nuisance in Your Neighborhood.
2. Managing Problems Caused by Urban Canada Geese.
3. USDA Resolves Wildlife Conflicts in Washington.