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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Potentially harmful algal blooms have appeared above and below lock and dam number one in Bladen County, according to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Officials said it’s safe to boat or fish in the affected area, but the public is encouraged to avoid contact with large accumulations of the algae.
State health and water quality officials provided the following suggestions to keep pets and children safe:
North Carolina’s elevated temperatures are contributing to algal blooms in the Cape Fear River, Fontana Lake in Swain County, and Lake Twitty near Monroe in Union County, according to the N.C. DENR. However, the state has had no reports of adverse health effects in humans associated with freshwater algal blooms.
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