Watch out, thieves about!

Clevedon Marine Lake has long had a trusting community where swimmers think nothing of leaving their bags on the side while they go for a swim. However, just recently there have been reports of thefts, which are making lake users think twice about where they leave their valuables.

Being careful

Of course, in an ideal world, nobody would feel the need to steal. But by not leaving valuables where they can be taken, we can help reduce the temptation.

We recommend:

  • leaving your valuables at home or in the car
  • using a dry bag like these to keep your valuables with you while you’re in the water
  • bringing a buddy to look after your things
  • swimming/paddleboarding/canoeing close to the side where you’ve left your stuff
  • keeping an eye on other people’s stuff while they’re in the water

It’s worth remembering that swimming alone or long distances in the winter isn’t to be recommended. For information on safe cold water swimming, read this.

Spare clothes

These thefts are still rare. But one swimmer was unlucky enough to have all his kit taken, including his dry clothes. So, a group of local swimmers have donated spare towels and clothes which will be kept in the Salthouse so that if anyone else finds themselves in this situation, they will at least have something warm and dry to put on.

If you find some of your stuff has been stolen, please email info@clevedonmarinelake.co.uk and also report the theft to the police.

Red flag means poor water quality

If a red flag is flying, it means the water quality in Clevedon Marine Lake is currently POOR.

A sample was taken from Clevedon Marine Lake on Thursday 28th May and the results indicate that the water quality in the lake is currently POOR.  More information can be found here.

It is recommended that the public do not swim in the lake until the water has refreshed, especially if unwell or with low immunity.

Information is shared to allow lake users to make an informed decision about entering the water.

Alerts are shared on notices either end of the lake (see below), social media and via our BLOG to explain the situation and actions being taken.

Clevedon Marine Lake is a semi-natural environment.  It is a living space filled by sea water from the Severn Estuary.  Consequently, there are risks associated with entering the water.

Don’t go beyond the rope when dinghies are sailing!

From April to September, Clevedon Sailing Club runs weekly lake sessions for novice sailors on Friday from 6pm – and will be running an RYA course across May and June on Saturdays from 10am.

These sessions are for young sailors who are learning how to control their craft – thus aren’t yet able to consistently steer clear of unexpected swimmers or canoeists or to cope with sudden gusts of wind.

For safety’s sake, during sailing sessions on the lake, all other lake users (swimmers, SUPs, canoes) are kindly requested to stay at the island end of Clevedon Marine Lake.

A rope with floats will be attached across the lake to segregate the sailing dinghies from other lake users, creating a safe area, around the island and toward the pumphouse steps, for swimmers and other users.  The designated sailing area, the other side of the rope is out of bounds for any other users.  The rope will be clearly visible and is intended to protect all lake users during sailing dinghy sessions – sailors and other users alike.

It’s a good idea to keep an eye on the lake calendar when planning your visit.

POOR WATER QUALITY ADVISORY

A sample was taken from Clevedon Marine Lake on Monday 22nd July and the results indicate that the water quality in the lake is currently poor.

Test results are shared to allow lake users to make an informed decision about entering the water.  Anyone choosing to swim is advised to wear ear plugs and goggles to protect against infection.  All visitors having contact with the lake water are advised to wash or cleanse hands before eating.

The sample taken on 22nd July showed raised levels of enterococci, a naturally occurring bacteria normally present in sea bathing waters.  With lots of people enjoying the lake, sediment from the lakebed has been stirred up.  Combined with storm run-off and the hot weather, bacteria levels have risen.  Although UV in sunlight kills off harmful bacteria, it is only effective at surface level where the light can penetrate.

It is recommended that the public do not swim in the lake until the water has refreshed.  The lake will be drained on Wednesday 31st July so that it can refresh that evening at around 7pm with water from the Severn Estuary – and repeatedly during the next sequence of overtops between 31st July and 5th August.

The water quality will be retested on 7th August, after the overtops.

ADVICE AGAINST BATHING

Swimming in Clevedon Marine Lake is NOT ADVISED until further notice.

A sample was taken from Clevedon Marine Lake on Monday 22nd July and the results indicate that the water quality in the lake has decreased.

The lake will be drained on Wednesday 31st July so that it can refresh with water from the Severn Estuary, then repeatedly during the next sequence of overtops between 31st July and 5th August.

The penstocks will be opened around 8am on 31st July, and the lake should refill any time after 6pm.  Volunteers will be cleaning in and around the lake from 10.30am on 31st July.  Refills have become a popular spectacle to watch – as 30 million litres of sea water gushes over the seawall into the lake.

The water quality will be retested on 7th August, after the overtop.  Updates on the water quality in Clevedon Marine Lake are shared here.

There’s always lots to do at the lake in terms of litter picking, cleaning, muscle work and site management, so if you can spare any time to help out, please contact volunteer@marlens.org.uk

Slip hazard in small splash pool

Parents are encouraged to keep youngsters to the big splash pool (pictured) for the time being; it was cleaned and the water refreshed on Thursday, 18th July 2019, so is safe to use.  However, a slippery black algae deposit has been found in the smaller, upper splash pool and the channel between the two pools.  Volunteers will pressure wash and deep clean the small pool and channel next week – but in the meantime, there is a risk of slipping for any children standing on the black deposit.  Further updates on the algae clean-up will be shared here.

The splash pool area at Clevedon Marine Lake is very popular with young children, especially when the weather’s warm.  In February, over £4,000 was spent improving the drain works for the splash pools, to make sluicing and maintenance a lot easier for volunteers.

There’s always lots to do at the lake in terms of litter picking, cleaning, muscle work and site management, so if you can spare any time to help out, please contact volunteer@marlens.org.uk