Marathon swimmer Mike Welsch has been traversing the state’s lakes. This past week he swam Ossipee Lake.
The warning was issued on June 22 after the state collected water samples at the head of the Ossipee River dam. Cyanobacteria are natural components of water bodies worldwide, but blooms and surface scums may form when excess nutrients are available to the water. Potential acute health effects include irritation of skin and mucous membranes, tingling, numbness, nausea, vomiting, seizures and diarrhea. No further blooms have been observed in this area at this time, according to the state.
There could be as many as four loon nests on Ossipee Lake this year, and a handful of volunteers from all points on the lake help keep them safe.
An opportunity to work outdoors, meet people, and help keep invasive plants from entering the lake awaits a handful of lucky individuals who are selected for this year’s Lake Host program on Ossipee Lake.
The dam gates are closed, the water level is rising, and black flies are back. It’s almost summer.