Hunterdon County lake plagued with harmful algae bloomsPosted: Updated:
A lake in Hunterdon County is under a warning from the Department of Environmental Protection due to an algae bloom.
The DEP says people should not touch the water at Spruce Spring Reservoir in Clinton. The algae bloom was first reported in the beginning of June, and the swimming areas were closed.
The bloom was cleared, but came back a day later. Algae can cause a rash, an allergic reaction or flu-like symptoms.
The algae also forced two busy recreation areas to be closed for swimmers just ahead of a holiday week.
People are still allowed to kayak and use their boats, but the DEP is asking anyone who may come in contact with the water to wash it off immediately.
Boaters say it's important to wash their equipment shower when they they're finished.
The agency is also warning people to not eat any fish from the lake or let their pets come in contact with the water or drink from it.
Environmental officials also recently closed Lake Hopatcong due to an algae bloom.
The DEP says it will continue to check Lake Hopatcong and Spruce Run Reservoir.
There is no timeline for when the algae is expected to clear up.
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