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Weather Having Unexpected Impact on Freshwater Ponds and Lakes in Kent County

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SMYRNA, Del.- The water in Kent County lakes and ponds is unexpectedly good. That is according to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

A little rain isn't going to stop Albert Leskovar and Ricky Hindt from playing in Smyrna's Lake Como.

"We were throwing the ball around and swimming," said Albert.

"We wanted to swim, do something. And we don't care about rain," Ricky said.

Lake Como is the only freshwater designated swimming area in Kent County. It is part of the job of DNREC's Michael Bott to monitor the water quality and make sure it safe for kids like Albert and Ricky to swim in it.

"We're looking for an indicator bacteria that indicates the presence of fecal material from the guts of warm-blooded animals," he said.

They also keep an eye on blue-green algae blooms, which Bott said can be dangerous to animals, like dogs.

He said weather can have a big impact on the health of the water.

"We notice that after a long drought period or with heavy rainfalls you'll have more of an impact from storm water."

If it feels like raindrops just keep falling on your head, that is because they are. In the month-and-a-half since Memorial Day, Kent County has seen 33 days of rain.

"We were curious how that was going to impact the water quality," Bott said. "It seems all the rain has kept the numbers lower. The heavy, continuous rainfall has diluted that out."

So, the water is good in the lake right now. But Bott said good water today doesn't necessarily mean good water tomorrow.

"With the weather that could always change. So, it is something that we do continually keep our eye on."

Click here for information on the quality of all the lakes and ponds DNREC monitors.

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