Earth Calendar For July 5th and July 6th

Jul 5, 2013

Since June 14th, the campground beach at East Fork Lake has been under a Recreational Public Health Advisory due to toxins produced by a harmful algae bloom which can affect the liver, nervous system or skin-the main beach at the lake is not affected at this time.

 The advisory warns individuals who are elderly or very young and people with compromised immune systems that swimming or wading is not recommended. If you do choose to swim, there are some important health tips you should follow. After swimming or wading in lake water, even where no harmful algae bloom is visible, rinse off with fresh water as soon as possible. Never swallow any lake or river water, whether you see a bloom or not. Do not let pets enter the water if there is a bloom. If they do, rinse them very well. Do not let them lick algae material from their fur. Don’t drink or cook with lake water and see a doctor if you or your children might be ill from algae toxins. If your pet appears ill, contact your veterinarian. Other activities near the water such as camping, picnicking, biking and hiking are safe. The State will continue to conduct weekly sampling until the toxins have not been detected for two consecutive weeks. For testing results or more information on harmful algal blooms, visit the website or call (513) 441-9647.

  On Our Calendar: Wear your old, closed-toe shoes and meet for an old-fashioned creek hike. Summertime is perfect for venturing down the ancient limestone creek bed at Winton Woods Locust Dell Picnic Area to explore the Ordovician geology and aquatic critter life. July 7th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. For more information please visit the website.