On Monday, July 14, the Appling County Board of Commissioners were notified of an algae concern on Lake Mayers. A water sample was sent to Dr. Gary Burtle, Aquatic Specialist with the University of Georgia, by Shane Curry, Extension Agent with the local Cooperative Extension Office. The water sample tested positive for Microcystis aeruginosa and Lyngbya.
Microcystis can produce toxins. Typically, these toxins would need to be ingested for a toxic reaction. Certain forms of Lyngbya can cause skin irritation. Fertilizer and septic systems can contribute to the fertility of Lake Mayers. To reduce the expansion of the algae, we need to limit the amount of phosphorus that is running into the lake. Residents are being asked to use low phosphorus level fertilizers such as 14-4-14 or 15-0-15.
Due to the current situation, Lake Mayers will be closed until further notice. The county will continue to monitor the lake over the next few weeks. If you should have questions, please contact Shane Curry at (912) 367-8130 or Lee Lewis at (912) 367-8100.
We live at 879 Max Deen Road and out 3 year old Black Lab Sassy went missing Friday 9/5/14 in the bad rain storm. Please call us or e-mail if you have seen our Lab., she is missed. Thank you Richey & Molisa