The Environmental Preservation Committee has spent a bulk of the late fall and winter interfacing with various state agencies as it seeks to find a explanation for the Harmful Algae Blooms in 2018 and 2019.
They have met with representatives from the three Soil and Water Conservation Districts that cover Lake Anna, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and Louisa and Spotsylvania counties. They have also worked with environmental science programs at Virginia Tech and Randolph-Macon College about potential projects to study the cause of the recent blooms.
The committee has also prepared a grant application to the National Fish and Wildlife Association for planning and technical assistance in finding the source of the algae blooms. They have also developed guidelines for homeowners to help reduce the nutrient flow into the lake since high nitrogen and phosphorus levels feed the algae growth.
For more information on the tips for homeowners, click here.