The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 25, 2012

Benign algae bloom turning Table Rock brown


From The Associated Press

KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. — A bloom of microscopic algae has turned parts of southwest Missouri’s Table Rock brown.

But The Springfield News-Leader reports the algae varieties in the lake don’t pose any danger to visitors.

Gopala Borchelt, executive director of Table Rock Lake Water Quality, Inc., which monitors the lake’s quality, estimates the algae has affected less than a third of the 43,100-acre lake. Borchelt said the main areas affected are the James River arm and a few spots near Shell Knob.

Calm, sunny weather, and plenty of nutrients brought to the lake surface by water rising from the lake bottom have formed a perfect recipe for the algae to grow.

Borchelt said the bloom likely won’t last much longer and that recent gusty winds have already begun to clear out the algae.