Well, we have more news from the National Park Service and it isn’t great. Toxic algae bloom has been detected in Lake Mead NRA, specifically at Cottonwood Cove and Nelson Landing. Visitors and pets should avoid swimming in the affected areas. It is possible to come into contact with cyanobacteria by inhalation, ingestion, or absorption thru the skin.
The reason for the toxic algae bloom is due to shallower and warmer environments were bacteria multiply and spread across the water’s surface. The algae often appears blue-green and are found naturally. They can be found in both fresh and salt water environments. They are more common in the summer when water temperatures are higher, creating a more inviting area for the algae to reproduce.
Should you or your pet come into contact with contaminated water, it is important to rinse off immediately and thoroughly with clean, fresh water. Animals that consume water with cyanobacteria can become ill. If you believe your animal was exposed, it’s probably best to have them seen by a veterinarian.
The National Park Service will continue to monitor conditions at the lake. To find out more about the cyanobacterial algal bloom, click HERE. You can also check the Lake Mead NRA visitor planning website by clicking HERE.