Love Windermere statement on blue green algae

16 August 2022

A spokesperson for Love Windermere partnership, said:

“Windermere is a very special place and we are determined to do everything possible to protect and improve it for generations to come.

“The lake is certainly not dying. It is however affected by a number of complex challenges including the impact of more extreme weather caused by climate change, an excess of nutrients and seasonal variations of the tourist population.

“We are committed to developing the most effective solutions to maintain and improve water quality in the lake, including collating more scientific evidence to better understand the particular pressures on Windermere to allow us to target more effectively our interventions.”

Notes to Editors:

1. The Love Windermere partnership launched in July 2022 and includes members from a broad range of sectors with the range of expertise and influence needed to bring about action. Led by the Environment Agency, the partnership includes the Freshwater Biological Association; Lake District Foundation; Lake District National Park Authority; National Farmers Union; National Trust; South Cumbria Rivers Trust and United Utilities.

The group is developing evidence-based, long-term plans to maintain and improve water quality in the lake while balancing the needs of nature, the community and the local economy. One of the first aims of Love Windermere is to collate more scientific evidence to understand which solutions will be most effective and to help prioritise activity. Read more about Love Windermere partnership

2. There is blue green algae in certain locations in Windermere. We work with partners and landowners to inform the public through on site signs, media and digital information. Read more about Blue green algae

3. There are a number of issues currently affecting water quality in Windermere. Read more about Windermere water quality FAQs