Blue-Green Algae Found At 3 Sisters

Blue-Green-Algae

New Mexico State Parks has issued a notice for the presence of blue- green algae at Three Sisters Cove, a small area within Elephant Butte Lake State Park.
State Parks is advising visitors who recreate at Three Sisters Cove of possible health risks associated with exposure to blue-green algae – a naturally occurring organism in lakes that can produce toxins but is short lived. As a precaution, State Parks is posting notices at Elephant Butte Lake State Park and distributing flyers to visitors. Please note that this is currently a small area and it will be posted clearly for visitors.
Blue-green algae can form anytime, particularly in the summer or early fall when conditions include the presence of warm, shallow, nutrient rich water that receives a lot of sunlight. Most blue-green algae are safe; however, people should be aware that toxic conditions can exist and should limit their contact with blue-green algae as much as possible. Seek medical attention immediately if you think you, your child, or your pet might have been exposed

Labor Day Dip Cools Off Busy Summer

New Mexico State Parks

As anticipated, low lake levels at Elephant Butte Lake State Park (EBLSP) reduced visitor numbers for the 2016 Labor Day weekend. According to Park Superintendent Kay Dunlap, the preliminary tally was right at 42,000 for the three-day holiday. Although this figure does amount to a slight drop in area guests from last year’s tally, it is quite near the approximate 41,000 and 46,000 guests EBLSP attracted for the annual end of summer break in 2014 and 2015, respectively.