FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) An algae bloom has developed in Hurshtown Reservoir and city of Fort Wayne officials have closed the area to boaters and swimmers.
In a news release Friday, the city said an algae bloom was observed at the reservoir late Thursday. In response, the City Utilities-owned water body just north of Grabill was closed to people, pets and watercraft.
Everclear Aquatic Management Services has been contracted to treat and break-up the bloom, which can produce a chemical that could cause health issues such as a rash, skin and eye irritation, and gastrointestinal upset.
The fenced-in reservoir has been secured and will remain closed to recreational users, the city said. It’s not know how long the reservoir will be closed to recreational users.