ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Harmful algae blooms are a problem that has been plaguing Lake Anna for the past four summers, but now a potential solution is on the way.

This Thursday, the Lake Anna Civic Association will begin its Cyanobacteria Mitigation Program. The program is aimed at killing off the algae with a hydrogen peroxide-based treatment. The treatment will use sodium percarbonate.

When it comes into contact with water, the compound simply breaks down into water and oxygen, meaning it is completely safe.

“So there are no metals or any other type of any other byproducts that could cause harm to humans, pets, aquatic life or the lake in general, so it's a very safe product,” said Lake Anna Civic Association Board of Directors President Greg Baker.

He also said raising the funds and completing this treatment could be a decades-long process

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