FAIRFIELD COUNTY, S.C. — According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Lake Wateree is the only South Carolina lake with harmful algal bloom.

In a Facebook post from SCDNR, the department states that at this time, Lake Wateree in Fairfield County is the only lake effected by harmful algal bloom (HAB).

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DHEC recommends that before an individual enters a natural body of water, they evaluate what it looks like. 

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According to the post, if the water looks discolored, has a foul odor, noticeable algal mats, or dead fish or other animals, humans should not enter the water or allow their animals near the water. 

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You can learn more about these harmful algae on SCDHEC's algae bloom information page.