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    AGFC issues advisory for Lake Overcup
    MORRILTON Ė The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is issuing an advisory for Lake Overcup as the result of a blue-green algae bloom. Boating and fishing are allowed, but the agency is urging visitors to avoid contact with the water and the algae when out on the lake. Anglers are encouraged to wash and cook fish appropriately.
    Earlier today, the AGFC posted signs to alert visitors that swimming is not allowed on the lake. The AGFC already prohibits swimming in Lake Overcup, but any incidental contact should be limited. Pets should be discouraged from swimming, wading or drinking the water. Any area that has come into contact with algae should be washed with soap and water. If a pet does ingest lake water and becomes increasingly lethargic or vomiting, contact your veterinarian immediately.
    Some types of blue-green algae produce natural toxins or poisons. When these algae die and break down, toxins may be released into the water. The AGFC, in coordination with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, will continue monitoring the blue-green algae levels in the lake.
    For more information on the advisory status, call the AGFC Mayflower Regional Office at 877-470-3309, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



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    Great info


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    too much run off from the fields. All that fertilizer NOT good
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Sarge View Post
    too much run off from the fields. All that fertilizer NOT good
    Interesting statement, not disagreeing at all, Iím a former fish farmer and a current Agricultural Farmer here in Arkansas. While fish farming we worked with trying to control Blue Green Algea almost constantly, it exists in nearly all warm water lakes and ponds at most times just not at dangerous levels. Iím from the southwest part of Arkansas and not familiar with Lake Overcup, does it receive lots of agricultural runoff? As a farmer I try to use soil fertility practices that minimize fertilizer leaching and runoff simply because if itís in a stream, lake, or river itís not available to my crops. Unfortunately there are times especially with these heavy rainfall events, like this spring, that runoff and leaching do occur even on the most well managed operations.


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    We have had it in Nimrod in summer after a big rain right about the time local farmers littering their Hay fields with Hog , Turkey , Chicken and Cattle wastes for fertilizer . The COE usually shuts down swimming areas when it happens . The AGFC just says a nutrient load must have hit the lake . No one wants to point a finger at the cause when it happens .
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    Kind of hard to point the finger at exactly whom or what but it definitely will explode if nutrient load is high. Always fought it worst in the fish ponds that had the most fish in them which got the most feed and thus the most excrement! Glad I donít fish farm anymore, best one is the one that has your line tight!


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