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Posted on: July 30, 2019

UPDATE (08/30/19) - Harmful Algae Bloom Advisory Issued for Areas of Lake Anna

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UPDATED (08/30/2019): VDH Information -http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/2019-news-releases/

UPDATE (08/21/2019): VDH Information - http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/2019-news-releases/harmful-algae-bloom-advisory-issued-for-upper-and-middle-pamunkey-including-terrys-run-as-well-as-upper-north-anna-branches-lake-anna/

UPDATE (08/07/2019): VDH Information - http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/2019-news-releases/harmful-algae-bloom-advisory-issued-for-upper-and-middle-pamunkey-including-terrys-run-as-well-as-upper-and-middle-north-anna-branches-lake-anna/

Harmful Algae Bloom advisory issued for Upper and Middle Pamunkey (Including Terry's Run) as well as Middle and Lower North Anna Branches - Lake Anna in Orange, Louisa, and Spotsylvania Counties. The public is advised to avoid water contact within locations of the Lake until algae concentrations return to acceptable levels. Routine monitoring occurs monthly above Route 208 on Lake Anna. Test results indicate samples collected July 10 at sites within these areas contained potentially harmful algae (cyanobacteria) which exceed safe swimming levels. People and pets are advised to avoid swimming, windsurfing and stand-up-paddle-boarding as well as other activities which pose a risk of ingesting water or exposure to skin. Advisory signs will be posted in areas of the lake. 

Swimming advisories have been issued for the following areas of the lake:

Pamunkey Branch

  • Upper - From the upper inundated waters of the Pamunkey arm of the lake downstream to the confluence with Terry's Run
  • Middle - From the confluence of Terry's Run with Pamunkey Creek downstream to Rt. 612 (Stubbs Bridge)
  • Terrys Run - from the upper inundated waters of the lake downstream to the confluence with Pamunkey Creek

North Anna Branch

  • Middle - From the Rt. #522 Bridge downstream to the Lumsden Flats / Rose Valley cove
  • Lower - From the Lumsden Flats / Rose Valley cove downstream to just before confluence with Pamunkey Branch (at the "Splits")

Advisory signs will be posted at the following locations:

  • Rocky Branch Campground
  • Lake Anna State Park
  • Elk Creek Store
  • Sullivan's Landing (Terry's Run)
  • The Cove (Hunter's Landing)
  • Christopher Run Campground
  • Anna Point Marina
  • High Point Marina
  • Lake Anna Marina
  • Sturgeon Creek Marina

Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has additional information in their Press Release, HAB Report, and at SwimHealthyVA.com as well. Regular updates will be posted on the VDH HAB surveillance map.

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