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21st June 2017
Notice for all Country Park Users - Blue Green Algae on the Lake
Blue-Green Algae has been seen in significant amounts in the Main Regatta Lake at Holme Pierrepoint Country Park home of the National Water Sports Centre. At this stage the lake is not closed however please consider the information and advice below.
What is it?
Blue-green algae generally grow in lakes, ponds, and slow-moving streams when the water is warm and enriched with nutrients like phosphorus or nitrogen.
What problems do blue-algae cause?
The water may be discoloured green, blue-green or greenish brown and several species can produce musty, earthy or grassy odours. Blooms can also cause foaming on the shoreline which is sometimes confused with sewage pollution. Some bloom and scum forming blue-green algae can produce toxins. These toxins can kill wild animals, farm livestock and domestic pets. They can also be harmful to human health.
What are the health risks?
Blue-green algae are capable of producing several different toxins. People may be exposed to these toxins through contact with the skin (e.g. when swimming), through inhalation or by swallowing contaminated water.
These toxins can cause skin rashes, nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, fever and headaches. Occasionally they can cause more serious illness such as liver and brain damage. Children are at greater risk than adults of developing problems because of their comparative lower body weight.
How can the health risks be minimised?
Not all blue-green algae blooms and scums are toxic but it is not possible to tell from appearance and so it’s best to assume they are harmful and take the following precautions:
- Do not swim in the water
- Do not swallow the water
- Avoid contact with the algae
- All users especially beginners should consider their ability to remain out of the water
Anyone who has come into contact with water containing blue-green algae should shower with fresh water immediately. Anyone who has come into contact with affected water and has become ill should obtain medical attention and inform site staff. - 0115 9821212
11th April 2017
Water Sports Centre to host World Championship Canoeing event
We’re very pleased to announce that the National Water Sports Centre (NWSC) been awarded the International Canoeing Federation (ICF) World Freestyle Canoeing Championships to be held in August and September of 2021.
This is great news for the site and all the teams that had a hand in the selection process. We’re looking forward to welcoming over 300 of the world’s best freestylers, plus spectators and media from countries far and wide.
Claire O’Hara is the most successful female freestyle paddler of all time and an eight-time world champion. She had this to say about the news and the facilities at the NWSC:
“This is fantastic news for British freestyle paddlers. We have been one of the leading forces in freestyle for a long time and without a doubt, this is in part to do with the incredible training facilities in Nottinghamshire.
If you have any queries about visiting the Holme Pierrepont Country Park, Home of the National Water Sports Centre, then please don’t hesitate to contact us:
National Water Sports Centre
Phone: 0115 982 1212