SUTTON, W.Va. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to increase the outflow at Sutton Dam in an attempt to reduce the growth of potentially toxic algae in Sutton Lake.The corps said Thursday outflow will be increased for four hours late Friday morning to 1,000 cubic feet per second.South Abutment Beach remains closed to swimming because of a blue-green algae bloom. But the beach and its facilities are open.Swimmers and boaters are being advised to avoid contact with the bloom, because it could produce toxins. The corps said the toxins can harm children and animals.
There also are blooms upstream and downstream of Bee Run Beach, but the corps said blooms haven't been reported at Bee Run. Boat patrols and monitoring are continuing.