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Warning Posted Regarding Algae Bloom at Eno River State Park

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Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor
Dee Freeman, Secretary

Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Phone: 
919-218-4622

Warning Posted Regarding Algae Bloom at Eno River State Park

RALEIGH -- A health warning regarding potentially dangerous blue-green algae has been posted at an abandoned rock quarry in Eno River State Park that is a popular gathering spot for park visitors, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

The state park is advising visitors not to have contact or allow pets to have contact with the water in the 60-foot deep quarry off Laurel Ridge Road and east of Pleasant Green Road in the Cabe Lands section of the park. Swimming and diving in the quarry has always been strongly discouraged because of steep drop-offs and underwater hazards.

Signs have been posted at the property, advising visitors that the water contains blue-green algae capable of producing toxins that can be dangerous to humans and pets. Visitors are warned not to ingest the water, not to allow pets to swim or drink the water and not to allow children to play along the shoreline. Rangers will regularly patrol the area to inform visitors of the warning.

Biologists with the state parks system are working with the state Division of Water Quality to try determine the cause of the algae bloom and to further identify its potential effects.