Look Before You Leap: Make Sure That NH Body of Water Is Safe to Swim In
CONCORD — Swimming is great until you emerge from the water in the middle of surface scum or see some surprise floaties nearby.
That's why if you plan an outing to a body of water it's important to check the beach advisories. There's nothing like swimming in opaque green water to ruin a nice summer family day.
Tuesday the Department of Environmental Services warned the public about a bacteria bloom at Elm Brook Park Beach in Hopkinton. The warning is intended as a precautionary measure for short-term exposure.
During beach advisories, NHDES advises the public and their pets to avoid contact with water areas where lake water has surface scum, green streaks or blue-green flecks along the shore.
If you or your pet comes into contact with the infected water, you become at risk for acute health effects like skin irritation, mucous membranes, tingling, numbness, nausea, vomiting, seizures and diarrhea. Chronic effects include liver and central nervous system damage.
NHDES will take measurements on a weekly basis until the cyanobacteria standards are again met.
When the bacteria clears, the NHDES removes the advisory. Like when they announced on Tuesday that Manahan Park Beach on Franklin-Pierce Lake in Hillsborough was bacteria free after finding cyanobacteria days prior on June 7.
The bacteria forms from a mixture of urban runoff, farm runoff, human waste contamination, and heat.
To make sure the water is safe, check the beach advisories here before you go swimming.