Algae Testing for Springfield Lake both in Springfield and Lakemore detected algae toxins at unsafe levels. Residents and visitors are advised to avoid all contact with Springfield Lake water. This public health advisory will be in effect until algae toxins return to safe levels.
E.Coli testing has been done periodically and tested levels are well within safe and acceptable levels as established by the US EPA. E.Coli levels are expressed as colony forming units (cfu) per 100ml. The acceptable level for swimming is under 126cfu/100ml freshwater.
Things you can do to help improve Springfield Lake and surface waters:
1. Pick up Poop!!! Eliminating animal fecal waste reduces runoff of unhealthy bacteria and nutrients such as nitrogen and pHosphorus, which can accumulate in our Lake and waterways.
2. Disconnect downspouts and redirect your gutters. Just 1/2 inch of rain on a 1000 sq foot house results in 300 gallons of water. That water can be used to directly re-charge lawns and gardens.
Directing rainwater to ditches doesn’t allow the natural filtration of rain to our groundwater resources. Solutions can include pop-up drains, downspout extensions, rain gardens, native plantings, and rain barrels.
Downspouts that are connected to sewers have potential to cause basement back-ups and overload the sanitary system.