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Algae blooms cover lakes in Hampton Roads

Monday - 8/6/2012, 8:10am  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A warm winter and a hot summer have turned lakes in Hampton Roads into incubators for algae.

Local officials say algae blooms are a natural phenomenon. But this year has been particularly bad.

Norfolk Department of Utilities spokesman Harry Kenyon says the city prefers to remove algae from its lakes physically instead of using chemicals. But he tells The Virginian-Pilot that it's been hard to keep up with the plants this year.

Greg Craig with the Lake Smith Terrace/Haygood Point Civil League says algae on Lake Smith is spreading north at the rate of half an acre a day.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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