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Cornelius is working with Charlotte-Mecklenburg officials to treat an algae bloom in Robbins Park.

CORNELIUS – Potentially harmful algae has been detected in a pond at Robbins Park, town officials confirmed Tuesday.

“On Aug. 8 ... Cornelius PARC staff noticed an algae bloom forming on the surface of the Robbins Park southern pond,” the town said in a press release Tuesday. “Due to concern over our fish habitat in the pond, staff reached out to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services for advice.”

TestS determined the southern pond contained cyanobacteria, which can produce toxins harmful to humans and pets, the town reported.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg officials “recommended advising people and their pets to refrain from contacting the water at the southern pond and treating the pond to kill the algae,” the town said. “While there is no easy method to determine if the algae in the southern pond was toxic, PARC took action to treat the algae and notify the public. A pond management company was hired to treat the algae with a product that is EPA-approved and will not negatively affect any wildlife or native vegetation.”

PARC staff members also installed several signs around the pond to warn park visitors that they and their pets should stay out of the water, and posted additional information about cyanobacteria on the PARC website.

“PARC will continue to work with Storm Water (Services) and its pond management company until the algae bloom is adequately addressed,” the town said. “Fortunately, much needed rainfall is in the forecast, which should help reduce the bloom. PARC will continue to keep signs posted and provide updates on its website until there is no longer a potential threat.

Robbins Park is at 17738 W. Catawba Ave. in Cornelius.

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