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Algae returns to Cumbrian beauty spot

Visitors to a Cumbrian beauty spot have been warned to stay out of the water after a bloom of blue-green algae.

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is there not some sort of fish or snail that can be bred and put in to feed on it

Posted by andy cap on 30 May 2012 at 22:06

it seems pretty strange that we never seem to hear of this in any other of cumbria's many lakes & tarns , do we just not hear about it or does something happen at talking tarn that does'nt happen anywhere else ? no conspiracy theory here , i,m only asking.

Posted by petethegreet on 29 May 2012 at 14:46

I believe one of the main cause of such blooms is an excess of nutrients in the water; most likely in this case caused by run-off from the surrounding farm land (either animal waste or fertiliser). Maybe something could be done to reduce these possible causes?

Posted by Reader on 29 May 2012 at 12:01

' I know this algae can't be helped 'Emily- This is a myth propogated by those responsible for the protection of our aquatic environment.Algae blooms are usually a result of cultural eutrophication whereby excessive nutrient input ( primarily of phosphorus and nitrogen ) cause a marked change in the biology of the aquatic system.Since algae can fix nitrogen from the air anyway it is usually an artificial increase in phosphates that is the cause of the problem eg sewage, agricultural fertilisers,animal faeces ( bird and mamal )etc.

Posted by chris on 29 May 2012 at 10:56

all youcan say about this, BLOOMING GREAT - out of action again

Posted by clive jackson on 28 May 2012 at 22:16

I know this algae can't be helped but I row for the club at Talkin Tarn and we now can't train. We have to train indoors which for the nationals hopefuls won't help them as much as training on the water will. Also the main fundraiser of the year, the regatta, may not go ahead. I know the algae is naturally occuring but there are ways to prevent it getting this bad. On behalf of everyone who is saddened by the loss of the use of the tarn, please try and fix it.

Posted by Emily on 28 May 2012 at 17:09

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