Swartswood Lake Closed to Swimming, Possible Toxic Algae Bloom

Florida Declares State Of Emergency Over Toxic Algae Bloom From Lake Okeechobee

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Swartswood Lake was closed to swimming on Thursday due to possible toxic algae bloom. According to the New Jersey Herald, the lake had been open for only 11 days and will remain closed indefinitely pending test results.

Blue-green algae generally blooms during the summer when water temperatures are higher than usual and according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the blooms absorb sunlight, make the water even warmer and create more blooms.

The swimming area may be closed but Swartswood State Park remains open to boaters and hikers.

Read the NJHerald.com story here.

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