Lake Swimmers, we have been notified that Lake Sediment Inactivation treatments will be done on Dec 5th and 6th. They assure us that swimming is okay during the treatment periods (see photo). I leave this up to you wether you want to chance swimming on these days. Although I know the government says it is okay to swim, remember these guys were the same guys telling us how well baffle boxes work in stopping pollution . . .
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In no way am I an expert or giving any any advice (most of you are already crazy for swimming in a lake in Florida to begin with)…. but here is what I learned today.
I spoke with the City today and learned more about the process that was performed today at Lake Cane. In brief, they finished today (December 5th) and the water is probably safer to swim in tomorrow than it was this morning.
This entire process deals with nutrient concentration… primarily with phosphorus. There are two sources of phosphorous in the lake: water shed and a release from the sediments.
It is more common for the sentiments to release this phosphorous during the fall. The process that was performed today was simply to target the sediments and to assist in inactivating the release of Phosphorous. The chemicals that were used in this process are very similar to those used in purifying drinking water. I was informed by the city’s expert that there is relatively no change in the water’s typical usage (i.e., drinking, fishing, swimming, etc). Feel free to make your own decisions…. but if I wake up in time… I’ll see ya on the dock at 6:30am tomorrow.