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May 8, 2013

Lake Attitash group prepares to battle weeds, algae again

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Cyanobacteria has been a recurring problem in Lake Attitash, and Klodenski said the association believes the water’s high levels of phosphorus are the cause. Over the past year the Environmental Protection Agency has been studying the lake to identify a source of the phosphorus, but at this point the results are still being analyzed.

“It’s been tough for them, they’re operating under a limited budget and there is essentially one person working on this, and he’s working on 10 other things too,” Klodenski said. “He had interns helping him, but they’ve been cut too, so it’s taking him longer than expected.”

Klodenski said he expects the EPA will announce their findings before the end of the summer, and at that point the association will figure out how it will tackle the problem once and for all.

“We have a list of possibilities as far as where the phosphorus is coming from, but at this point we don’t know where the money and effort would be best spent,” Klodenski said. “We want to tackle the big issues and not the little ones around the edges.”

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