Residents Warned About Potentially Toxic Algae in Windsor Lake
Windsor Parks and Recreation is cautioning residents about the green substance that's recently been observed floating in Windsor Lake. It was first noticed near the shore by a staff member on July 19.
While the substance is identifiable to algae, the city is still waiting for test results to come back, which will determine whether it's toxic or not. Unfortunately, the toxicity of algae can't be identified visually, so it must be sent to a lab.
According to the department, the test results from the water samples should be returned to the city as early as July 27. In the meantime, Windsor Parks and Rec has posted advisory signs around the lake, in order to keep visitors aware and allow them to make informed decisions regarding their participation in lake-related activities. Algae could potentially cause illness in both humans and pets that enter the water.
It's common to see algae in the Windsor Lake, as well as in other bodies of water in Colorado, at various points throughout the summer. Algae can multiply quickly, especially during periods of prolonged heat and in stagnant water.