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Cherry Creek State Park Algal Blooms
7/10/2020
Credit:
CPW
Cherry Creek State Park is experiencing natural algal blooms that may be harmful to dogs and humans as a result of a number of things including warmer temperatures, stagnant waters, and nutrient loading from fertilized lawns.

The park has closed the swim area due to elevated levels of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) growth. The swim area will remain closed until tests provide acceptable conditions to re-open. Blue-green algae has been detected in other areas of the park and caution signs have been placed in visible areas throughout the lake. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) recommends the following:
Keep kids out
No pets in water
Do not drink water
Avoid contact with algae
For more information on blue-green algae, please visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/harmful-algae-blooms

The Dog-Off-Leash-Area stream has been tested and no visible signs of the algae have been observed.
Member comments
by: 007 on 7/13/2020 3:37:00 PM
"Nutrient loading from fertilized lawns". sure sounds natural.