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Mystery foam on Lake Murray

Soap suds theory shot down

Some couldn't even guess what this was.
Some couldn't even guess what this was.
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Lake Murray Reservoir

5540 Kiowa Drive, San Diego

On April 24, a small crowd of hikers stopped to observe sudsy, white foam stacked up about a foot high near the two-mile marker on the running trail around Lake Murray. The onlookers were all puzzled as to the source of the suds.

A call was made to the city Parks and Recreation Department to ask about the white foam. In the meantime, a few people tried to guess the reason for the appearance of the white suds.

One lake worker surmised that a homeless person had taken a bath in the lake during the hours that it was closed. Another lake worker said that he thought the water had been stirred up by the wind and produced foam, “like the ocean.” Lake fishermen and joggers said they couldn’t even guess.

On April 29, a reservoir keeper, Viviana Castellon, solved the mystery with the help of a city biologist: the foam was just “decomposed plant and algae matter” and was not at all harmful to the water quality.

Most of the time, the lake is clear with reflections of green plant life underneath. Castellon commented that the wind had been responsible for creating and blowing the foam between two big growths of tulles.

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Lake Murray Reservoir

5540 Kiowa Drive, San Diego

On April 24, a small crowd of hikers stopped to observe sudsy, white foam stacked up about a foot high near the two-mile marker on the running trail around Lake Murray. The onlookers were all puzzled as to the source of the suds.

A call was made to the city Parks and Recreation Department to ask about the white foam. In the meantime, a few people tried to guess the reason for the appearance of the white suds.

One lake worker surmised that a homeless person had taken a bath in the lake during the hours that it was closed. Another lake worker said that he thought the water had been stirred up by the wind and produced foam, “like the ocean.” Lake fishermen and joggers said they couldn’t even guess.

On April 29, a reservoir keeper, Viviana Castellon, solved the mystery with the help of a city biologist: the foam was just “decomposed plant and algae matter” and was not at all harmful to the water quality.

Most of the time, the lake is clear with reflections of green plant life underneath. Castellon commented that the wind had been responsible for creating and blowing the foam between two big growths of tulles.

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