This summer we had cyanobacteria (blue green algae) show up in one of our flood control lakes. These lakes are private property with the exception of Bear Creek. (Bear Creek Park Area) 
It is advised to not swim, wade or come in contact with the water if you notice any discoloration, scum, foam, or algae. Recreational waters containing Microcystins at levels exceeding the EPA's guidelines for issuing a health advisory can put you, and your pets, at risk of various adverse health effects. 
Bear Creek Lake is a flood control pond and is not regulated by the state or the county: samples were taken due to the public recreation at the park. It is advised to seek a pond or lake management company for advice and information on how to maintain and mitigate algal blooms on the flood control lakes. 
For information on pond maintenance please refer to:


Officials Of The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District:

Joe Ghent, Chairman
Gary Moore, Vice Chairman
Diane Estridge, Secretary/ Treasurer 

Troy Helms

Michael N. Bailey
William "Bill" Ardrey, Commissioner Emeritus

Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District Personnel:
Amanda Roberts, District Manager

USDA-NRCS Personnel:

Chesterfield Office Number: 843-623-2185 x 3

Daniel Griffin, District Conservationist

Lancaster and Chesterfield Counties

Sue Griggs, Soil Conservationist Lancaster and Chesterfield Counties


Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District Board

Cane Creek and Little Lynches Watershed Boards

T: 803-286-4455 x 100

F: 1-855-589-9004


Mailing Address: PO Box 2274

Lancaster, SC 29721

Office Location: 1771 Hwy 521 Bypass South in Lancaster, SC.

-on the hill across from Fastenal

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