RINGWOOD, N.J. – After initially confirming Tuesday morning that a posting on its website warning people not to have contact with water at Shepherd Lake in Ringwood State Park was current, a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) spokesman later said the warning was out of date.
“I confirmed this was an old posting from last October. There is no advisory in effect for the lake,” DEP spokesman Larry Hajna told Daily Voice Tuesday afternoon.
“The website is being updated,” he said.
The website had stated that “evidence of a suspected Cyanobacteria bloom is present which can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.”
By Tuesday afternoon, it had been updated with the following statement.
"We are still monitoring water conditions at Shepherd Lake due to the Cyanobacteria bloom detected last fall. While the cold weather of the winter should have naturally resolved the bloom, State Park Service staff, assisted by DEP Water Quality experts, are preparing to test the waters in the coming (days/weeks) to ensure the bloom no longer poses a risk to swimmers, anglers or boaters. We will update the conditions of the lake as we receive new information. Thank you for your patience."
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