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Algae growth on Va. Beach lakes raises 'gross' alarms

posted Aug 6, 2012, 8:54 AM by Brad Rudacille   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 2:12 PM ]
By Elisabeth Hulette
The Virginian-Pilot
© August 6, 2012

The algae is green and slimy, fuzzy and bubbly.

And suddenly, it's everywhere - creeping across the surface of lakes until the water looks like a vat of green ooze.

"I've never seen anything like this," said Rick Woolard, indicating the algae that's taken over the part of Lake Smith that borders his backyard. "No ducks, geese or egrets live here anymore."

"They don't like this, either," added his neighbor Elizabeth Starr.

This is a particularly bad year for algae blooms in Hampton Roads, according to local officials who work on the waterways.

A warm winter and early hot summer days have turned shallow lakes with little water flow into incubators for the green stuff.

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