photo of geese at Lake Needwood

Lake Needwood Warning Could Remain Through Fall (Video)

Swimming at Montgomery Parks’ Lake Needwood has always been off limits, but park officials warn that elevated levels of a toxic bacteria found in the water right now can also make you sick.

The parks department issued the warning in late July and it could stay up until November depending on the amount of rainfall and temperatures. Parks officials are taking water samples to see if the microcystin bacteria levels produced by a blue-green algae in the water return to normal.

Officials urge people not to let their dogs swim in the lake and to only eat property cooked muscle meat of the fish caught here. For more information on the warning and updates on the lake check out the parks website.


Lake Needwood Warning

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Montgomery Parks officials are asking residents to use caution when recreating on or near Lake Needwood. Testing has shown there are elevated levels of microcystin, a toxic substance produced by some species of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), in the 75-acre lake. Microcystin, hepatoxin, can cause harm to the liver of humans and pets. Of particular concern […]

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