Reports of algae and seaweed on the rise; however, upon investigation the algae/seaweed is not harmful or invasive

Reports of algae and seaweed to the Lake Norman Marine Commission (LNMC) and Duke Energy have risen in last  few weeks. The LNMC has forwarded these reports to the North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources (NC DENR) and to Duke Energy. NC DENR reports from its investigation that the algae/seaweed is not harmful, is a natural occurrance in the ecosystem and will grow while the water temperature stays at summer levels.  Attached is a factsheet from Duke Energy about Chara and Nitella algae.

LNMC – Chara Factsheet from Duke Energy

https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-resources/water-resources-data/water-sciences-home-page/ecosystems-branch/algae-aquatic-plants/fact-sheets