Ablemarle County trying to limit algae bloom potential at Chris Greene Lake

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Chris Greene Lake in Albemarle County was closed for a good portion of last summer due to a harmful algae. This summer, the county is trying to keep that from repeating.

The county currently has a contract agreement with Solitude Lake Management to try and prevent the algae from returning this summer.

The company started conducting algae testing once a week at the beginning of May.

It's been treating the lake biweekly with a water enhancer that helps lower the phosphorous levels in the water.

County officials say there is no guarantee this will prevent the algae from coming back but these methods will lessen the likelihood.

Tim Hughes, athletic and programs supervisor, for Albemarle Parks and Recreation, says they are looking into ways of how to prevent the algae from coming back far beyond this summer.

"Our facilities and environmental services division now has a request for a proposal out for Chris Greene Lake to do a complete lake profile," he said. "So that we can try and get a better understanding of what's happening in the bottom of the lake as well as the watershed."

Every test conducted so far has shown that the water quality is good.

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