River Report: 3-27-23

In our first Shenandoah River Report of 2023, Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf updates us on the latest developments in the battle against algae in the Shenandoah. Brought to you by Front Royal Outdoors. Visit them at  https://frontroyaloutdoors.com and let Don Roberts and his crew help plan your Shenandoah River adventures this year!

VDH lifts advisory of harmful algae bloom

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The Virginia Department of Health  has lifted the recreational advisory due to a harmful algae bloom on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River in Shenandoah and Warren Counties from Chapman’s Landing to Riverton. Approximately a 52  mile segment of the river was placed under a recreational advisory on August 10 due to widespread algal mats, which contained both cyanobacteria cells and toxins at elevated levels.  Virginia Department of Health remindsthe public to be aware that while the bloom appears to have dissipated based on recent observations and testing, it is possible for algal blooms to reappear when there is adequate sunlight, nutrients and warmer temperatures to make conditions favorable for algal growth.

Winchester and Woodstock’s latest drinking water test results

The City of Winchester and the Town of Woodstock have both announced that the latest sample of water from the north fork of the Shenandoah River taken less than a week ago continues to show no sign of toxins from the Algae Bloom.

Both the City and Town water supply continues to be completely safe to drink and can be used for all purposes.

Both Winchester and Woodstock will continue to monitor the water supply with the Virginia Department of Health as long as necessary.

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