Jan 7, 2020      Press Release      

Delegate McGuire Introduces Legislation To Study Harmful Algal Blooms In Lake Anna

RICHMOND, VA– Del John McGuire, R- 56th District has introduced House Joint Resolution 40, to study the algal blossoms in Lake Anna.

“Many of my constituents in the 56th District and the Louisa County’s Board of Supervisors brought this concern to my attention and I felt it need to be studied.  The health and welfare of the community around the lake is at risk” stated John McGuire.

Greg Baker, President Lake Anna Civic Association said, “After two years of no-swim advisories due to Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) at Lake Anna, our 700 families that are members of the Lake Anna Civic Association are nervous and extremely concerned about the impacts of HABs. This is not only a health issue, but an economic one as well. Lake Anna tourism is an economic engine to central Virginia. HABs are hurting businesses, summer rentals and property values. HJR 40 could not be a more important and timelier. This is a first crucial step in resolving this urgent issue. Many thanks to Delegate McGuire for sponsoring this bill.”

House Joint Resolution 40 requests the Virginia Department of Health to study the harmful algal blossoms in Lake Anna.

In conducting its study, the Department of Health shall conduct sampling, observation, and research at Lake Anna and surrounding lands and waterways; seek to identify the source or cause of the harmful algal blooms; determine a near-term treatment plan that can reduce such blooms and ameliorate their effects; and devise a long-term strategy for eliminating, if possible, the recurrence of harmful algal blooms in Lake Anna.

Technical assistance shall be provided to the Department of Health by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Department of Environmental Quality. All agencies of the Commonwealth shall provide assistance to the Department of Health for this study, upon request.

The Department of Health shall complete its meetings by November 30, 2020 and shall submit to the Governor and the General Assembly an executive summary and a report of its findings and recommendations for publication as a House or Senate document. The executive summary and report shall be submitted as provided in the procedures of the Division of Legislative Automated Systems for the processing of legislative documents and reports no later than the first day of the 2021 Regular Session of the General Assembly and shall be posted on the General Assembly’s website.

John McGuire represents the 56th District, which includes Louisa parts of Goochland, Henrico and Spotsylvania Counties.