PHOENIX — A seasonal algal bloom in the water of Tempe Town Lake will cause some activities to be temporarily restricted, the city announced Wednesday.
Stand-up paddleboarding and other activities where there is a likelihood of water exposure will not be available for the next two weeks out of an abundance of caution, the city said in a news release.
Swimming is never allowed at Tempe Town Lake except during an organized event, and people are also asked to keep their pets out of the water.
Kayaking, outrigger canoeing, rowing, sailing, dragon boating, paddle boats and catch-and-release fishing will continue to be permitted, the city said.
The parks around the lake will remain open.
“Crews are testing the water to ensure it is safe for paddleboarders,” the city said. “These tests are sent out of state and take time to process.
“As soon as we are confident the water meets safety standards, (Tempe) Town Lake will reopen to stand-up paddlers.”
The city said blue-green algae blooms are very common because the lake’s ecosystem can be disrupted during significant weather changes.
People can contact Tempe 311 at 480-350-4311 with questions.