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DHEC, Duke monitoring Lake Wateree algae blooms
Algae Bloom
Algae blooms, similar to this one in a Swepsonville, N.C., pond, have been found in Lake Wateree. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control said Lake Wateree is the only recreational lake with algae blooms at this time and states the particular type of algae can cause what is known as “swimmer’s itch/rash.” However, Duke Energy, which manages the lake, indicated it is unclear whether a freshwater algae, such as the one in Lake Wateree, would produce such symptoms. (DHEC website)
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Duke Energy are monitoring algae blooms on Lake Wateree. The blooms appear in various locations on the lake, meaning DHEC and Duke -- which manages the lake as part of its hydroelectric system -- are looking at the lake in Kershaw County as well the northern portion in Lancaster County.