What would it be like to not be able to dock your boat or swim in the water off your shore because the surface was covered with ugly, smelly, toxic algae? Some Lake Wateree residents are experiencing that already – and more will soon – if this growing problem is not effectively handled.

In 2017, your LWA/WHOA Water Watch volunteer group was awarded $20,500 from Duke’s Water Resource Fund to conduct more research and recommend action to address the growing presence of harmful algae on our lake. This year’s work is complete, and we want to share the results and recommendations with you! There are steps we each can take to address the problem.

Please mark your calendar for January 6, 2018 for an important town hall meeting about the findings and recommendations from this year’s study and plans going forward.

We are working with an outstanding team of research scientists and grad students from USC’s School of Environmental Health Sciences, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, who will be there to present findings and recommendations from research conducted this past year.

The meeting will be held at Rock Bottom Pond, a centrally-located venue at 1530 Buck Hill Road in Ridgeway. 9:00 AM is our start time, and we should be done well before noon.

We have made great progress, but there’s a lot still to do to stop the spread of algae on Wateree. The ultimate solutions include YOU! Please join us.