Lake Anna Connections

May 16 Lake Anna Taphouse June 20 Anna Point Marina Pavilion July 18 Anna Point Marina Pavilion Aug. 15 Anna Point Marina Pavilion Sept. 19 Callie Opie’s Event Barn Oct. 10 Laketoberfest at Cooling Pond presented by Lake Anna Business Partnership @5:45-Sundown • No Coolers • No Pets www.visitlakeanna.org 2020 However, there are several species that release harmful substances as they de- grade and decompose. Cyanobacteria is one of them and is the primary culprit in the recent HABs Lake Anna experienced in 2018 and 2019. The “blue-green algae bloom” – sometimes referred to as pond scum – creates a thick, foamy blanket with an oily sheen on the water’s surface. The bloom is harmful to humans and pets, caus- ing skin irritations such as blisters and hives. If inhaled or swallowed, it can cause seri- ous liver, kidney, and neurological prob- lems that can be deadly. Cyanobacteria: A view of what potential blue-green algae blooms may look like on Lake Anna (submitted photo). LAKE ANNA CONNECTIONS | SPRING| SUMMER 2020 91

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