|HAZMAT incident in the Lands End subdivision|
|By Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteers|
|June 1, 2023|
On June 1st at 17:21hrs we were dispatched for a HAZMAT incident in the Lands End subdivision. The call resulted in VDEM and VDEQ being notified who determined this was an algae bloom.
Since then, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has collected samples and issues a “no swim” advisory for the entire Blackwater River and its tributaries including Gills Creek. It is especially important that you do not allow your dogs to swim in the Blackwater River.
What you need to know:
This is no joke. Until the toxin levels are determined you should avoid swimming in the Blackwater. You can get very sick from these algae blooms. Please be careful out there.
|Hyperlinks:||For more information about the swimming advisory, visit VDH
To report an algae bloom