Cyanobacteria Mitigation & Remediation (CMR) Project
Please help LACA raise $50,000 to Kick the HAB, AGAIN! @ Lake Anna.
With the proper approvals and success in our fund-raising effort, LACA will investigate several HAB mitigation and remediation techniques in 2023. LACA will work with state agencies, Dominion Energy, home and landowners, and local businesses to demonstrate technologies that have been shown to significantly reduce and control cyanobacteria/HAB in other locations around the country. LACA's demonstration plan will implement ultrasound and algaecide mitigation capabilities in three test locations and a phosphorous reduction capability at one other location on Lake Anna. Our goal is to maintain cyanobacteria levels at or below pre-treatment levels in those four areas for the 2023 recreational season.
Our program will specifically refrain from impacting water sampling stations used by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) due to the state funded study that will be executed in 2023 and 2024.
Kick the HAB, AGAIN!
LACA's Water Quality (WQ) team and Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regularly monitor the lake and streams in the watershed. DEQ monitors the lake on a monthly basis. LACA monitors water quality parameters four times a year in April, June, August and October. LACA also works with DEQ and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to monitor for harmful algae blooms. Our algae and water quality data are available in the WQ Data pages. Virginia Department of Health (VDH) HAB info is available here. LACA's cyanobacteria sampling data and maps can be found at this link. LACA's data and information on our Cyanobacteria Mitigation & Remediation Program is available at this link.
An expansion of the former LACA Environmental Education Committee, the Environmental Preservation Committee has turned its focus on the causes of the recent Harmful Algae Blooms, potential remediation and possible solutions to the issue. As a result they are also looking at other detrimental impacts to the beauty and enjoyment of Lake Anna.
Learn more about these important issues and ways you can help by clicking here.
LACA Annual Fireworks Display
With the turn of the calendar it's time to start thinking about summer and all the fun Lake Anna brings. One of those long-standing traditions is the annual fireworks show, which will be held on Saturday, July 2 to celebrate the 4th of July holiday.
Additionally, Lake Anna will be celebrating its golden anniversary, 50 years in existence bringing family, friends and visitors together in a unique community.
Please click here to learn more about our fireworks show. To support the annual shoot by donating, click here. The shoot is funded entirely by donations from our community so your support is appreciated and needed to make this the best year yet
Our donors are listed here starting with those received August 1 of each year through July 31 of the following year.
Emergency Services & Safety
As the summer boating season begins, there are numerous things you should check before heading out on the lake. In addition to ensuring your boat is in good operating condition, you should make sure you have all the necessary safety equipment on board. There are other tips to keep you and your passengers and others safe.
The committee also encourages everyone to be aware of your surroundings and know the various 911 emergency markings such as the bridge signs, yellow dock signs and island signs.
To learn more click here
In the Public Hearing on April 3rd, 2023, LOUISA Board of Supervisors voted to approve the Technology Overlay District Ordinance. This ordinance allows for Data Center Development or other Technology Development on a 200 acre collection of properties near the Dominion Power Station, as well as Five other larger locations within the County! While LACA urged the Supervisors to delay the decision, allowing citizens throughout the County to learn more about the fast moving ordinance, all Members, save one, voted to implement the Ordinance with one last minute adjustment to permitted Noise Levels. Details of the draft can be found in the document HERE and I will make available the passed version as soon as it is published.
Lake Anna Resort - During the Public Hearing for this Zoning request at the Board of Supervisors meeting on January 17th, 2023, the Board voted 6 to 1 in favor of approval of the Zoning Request as well as the CUP to allow the condominium building to reach a height of 80 feet. The project will now move to Site Planning Stage and is slated for beginning development in 2024.
Short Term Rental Regulations? - At the Louisa Board of Supervisors meeting on September 19th, the scheduled Public Hearing on STR was cancelled for a number of stated reasons, all of which indicate that the Board is still not in agreement about the future of the STR regulation. The assigned working committee will get back to work to see if there is anything to salvage here. Stay Tuned.
To learn more about land development activities around the lake, please click here.