Health Advisory, Avoid Water Contact

As you know, the algea is getting much worse in Fairview Lake.  The City of Fairview and I have posted signs at the public parks around the lake recommending that people and pets avoid water contact.  This will be in effect for at least this weekend until the algea can be positively identified and tests run on it, likely early next week.  Until then it is best to avoid swimming, boarding or swallowing water from the lake.  Children and pets are at greatest risk.  If you kayak, be sure to rinse off your hands when you get home.  If pets come into contact with the water, rinse them off with cold water to remove the algea from their hair and feet.  Don’t let them drink the water if at all possible.  Boating is always OK, just rinse off any body parts that get wet.

We believe that we have a blue-green algea that could cause some health issues with people and pets.  This weekend is going to be very warm and sunny and will make the situation worse.  As the algea dies it produces harmful chemicals.  The algea is just now beginning to die off and is floating at the surface.  The wind will blow this to the edges of the lake where we are more likely to come in contact with it.

The City of Fairview, DEQ, Dept. of Human Services and FLPOA are concerned and are all actively looking into this situation.  We will know more about it early next week and we will keep you posted at this website.  We’re all hoping the health advisory can be lifted soon.

Jim Graybill

4th of July Parade Winners

Submitted by: Bettianne Goetz

We had over 25 boats again this year looking very festive and fun. We had different boat contest categories this year.  Let us know what you thought.  We had a registration process this year that allowed us to know who the winners were right away. This year’s winners were: Best Patriotic–Randy and Joanie Hutchison ($50 gift certificate at the Riverview Restaurant).  Best Tropical–John Fabion’s grandkids ($50 gift certificate at Shirley’s Tippy Canoe restaurant.  Best General Topic–Rick and Beth Parrish ($50 gift basket of surprises from Edgefield).  Congratulations to the winners and congratulation to all who did not win but had a lot of fun anyway!!  Start planning for next year!!Thanks to the Linglebach’s for judging this year.

The weed situation in Fairview Lake as of 7/10/10

Submitted by: Jim Graybill

As all of you have noticed we have a severe outbreak of weeds in Fairview Lake. You also noticed that the water is extremely clear.  The following is what I believe has happened and what we might expect.

Over the past several winters with the lake at 1 -2 foot of depth a filamentous algae has begun to grow on top of the bottom soils holding them in place during wind events.  This winter and spring the sunlight was stronger and storm water runoff was less than previous years.  When the lake was filled this carpet of algae mostly remained in place, holding the soil at the bottom resulting in a clear water column.  Sunlight could then reach the entire bottom of the lake and any rooted plants (macrophytes) began to grow.  This growth really didn’t begin until after the May and June rains.  The first macrophytes were reported to me about ten days before July 4th.  A few of us tried to clean up some of the plants a week before the boat parade, but we just didn’t have the resources to be very effective.  Frankly, we were overwhelmed by the number of plants out there.
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Ducklings and an eagle on the lake!

Submitted By: Laurie Martin-Cohn

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Boat Parade Pictures

Submitted By: Laurie Martin-Cohn

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