Toxic algae has infested a third cove on Lake Wylie, where a long-standing yacht club that runs sailing and rowing programs is based, county officials said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg stormwater staff on Thursday spotted an active blue-green algae bloom in an unnamed cove near the Catawba Nautical Club, according to a county of Mecklenburg Press release.
Staff also discovered active flowers in Boyd’s Coves and Snug Harbor on Thursday.
Frightening cyanobacteria blooms, or blue-green algae, have been reported in Boyds Cove since early August and Snug Harbor since mid-September, The Charlotte Observer previously reported.
The yacht club is located south of the Buster Boyd Bridge on the lake side in North Carolina, approximately 20 miles from the city of Charlotte.
Club officials did not respond to Facebook and emails from The Charlotte Observer on Saturday.
The private, non-profit club was founded in 1939 to provide its members with family-oriented boating and mooring facilities, according to its website, Catawbayc.org. The club offers sailing and rowing programs.
Don’t touch the algae
If you come across the algae, don’t touch it, county officials have warned.
And never touch, cook or eat dead fish found near the algae, officials said.
If you touch any of the flowers, wash your hands thoroughly with clean water, the county advised. Also rinse animals that have been in contact with the algae with clean water.
See a doctor immediately if your child was in the water and got sick, county officials said. Watch for symptoms in your child such as “loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, itchy skin or rash,” according to the county press release.