Fears of toxic algal bloom on shores of Killarney Lakes

Kerry County Council are putting up notices on one of the Killarney Lakes warning of potential toxic algal bloom along the shore. Although no algae are present, high levels of phosphorus that cause the growth are in the lakes. Agricultural slurry fertilisers and waste from the tourist industry are the main sources of phosphorus, all are shown to be present in the area. Allied with the warm weather and low water levels the environment for the algae is present. The clean-up of the lake will cost 17 million euro and will take a number of years to complete.

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