Tuscarora Beach remains closed to swimming – Times News Online

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Published on August 23, 2022 at 11:51 am

Tuscarora State Park Beach in Barnesville remains closed to swimming due to harmful seaweed.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources closed the beach on Friday after water tests detected harmful algae.

The beach will remain closed until acceptable water sampling results are received. DCNR has posted signs at the beach and at all major access points. This is the third time this season that the lake has been closed due to algae.

The DCNR said harmful algal blooms occur when certain types of microscopic organisms in a body of water produce toxins or other chemical compounds in concentrations that can harm people, pets or other other animals. The microscopic organisms that most commonly bloom in Pennsylvania are cyanobacteria or blue-green algae. Cyanobacteria are a natural part of many aquatic ecosystems, but some types produce cyanotoxins that can be harmful in high concentrations.

Care should be taken when doing activities on or near the lake. Pets must be kept out of the water and must not drink lake water. Visitors should not ride a boat or paddle board in water with foam or discoloration.

Other activities at Tuscarora State Park, such as camping, picnicking, and hiking, are open.

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