FROM STAFF REPORTS

Del. John McGuire, R–Louisa, has introduced a resolution asking the Virginia Department of Health to study the algae blooms in Lake Anna.

He represents the 56th District, covering Louisa and parts of Goochland, Henrico and Spotsylvania counties.

McGuire said he decided to bring the matter to the General Assembly after hearing concerns from residents and Louisa’s Board of Supervisors.

The 13,000-acre man-made lake spans Spotsylvania, Orange and Louisa counties and cools the Dominion Virginia Energy North Anna nuclear power plant. The lake is surrounded by homes and used by boaters and swimmers.

Swim advisories have been issued at the lake the past two summers because of algae blooms.

In July, the health department advised people to avoid swimming in parts of the lake due to a cyanobacteria that can cause a skin rash, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The advisory stood in place throughout the summer.

McGuire cited Greg Baker, president of the Lake Anna Civic Association, which told him members are worried about the impacts of the algae blooms.

The study will look for causes of the algae blooms and seek remedies. If approved, the study will be done this year and its findings presented to lawmakers in November.

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