There is a large, persistent Blue-Green Algae Bloom occurring in many parts of Taunton Lake. The temperate weather, combined with recent precipitation and little wind provides the perfect weather conditions for bloom events.
Blooms this time of year are somewhat common as nutrients are available for the algae to use from the lake bottom after the lake "turns over" in the fall.
The lack of plant material might also be making more nutrients available for the algae to use. We expect the blooms to subside as the water temperature drops once the weather gets colder, but will be keeping a close eye on the situation.
It is recommended to keep pets and children away from any part of the lake that might be blooming to prevent them from drinking any of the water.