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Possible solution for blue green algae at park

Published Wednesday, 05 April 2017

James Hamilton Heritage Park in East Kilbride

A solution to ongoing problems caused by blue green algae at James Hamilton Heritage Park in East Kilbride may have been found.

We have been working with South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Ltd (SLLC - which operates the park on the our behalf) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to deal with the matter.

Following a 12-month monitoring period a project has now been developed to apply a clay material to the loch basin. It is anticipated this material will bind with phosphate on the loch floor, reducing the likelihood of blue green algae.

Alistair McKinnon, the council's Head of Facilities, Waste and Grounds Services, said: “This solution has proved effective in reducing or eradicating blue green algae blooms in other lochs and lakes and the treatment has started to be applied at the park. The treatment will begin to take effect during the course of the year and will reach full effectiveness in 2018. The park will remain open as normal during this period.”

Blue green algae is caused by elevated levels of phosphorus in the water which releases in the form of cyanobacterial blooms under certain climatic conditions, usually during spring and summer. These blooms are relatively common in water courses in the South Lanarkshire area which have also been affected by blue green algae in recent years.

Outdoor activities will commence at James Hamilton Heritage Park from Saturday 29 April.