Avoid algae-ridden lakes, warns Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Avoid algae-ridden lakes, warns Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has special instructions to give for this holiday weekend. The agency has asked people to avoid lakes having blue-green algae and water that smell bad. Already, the algae led to the hospitalization of a child and took lives of two dogs near Alexandria in June.

Officials have explained that all algae are not harmful. Poisonous algae that should be avoided are green in color and float on water surface. The algae emits strong odor like cow manure.

Steve Heiskary, an MPCA scientist, said, "With the intermittent periods of rain, followed by high temperatures, blue-green algal blooms will be common on many lakes throughout Minnesota for the remainder of this summer".

Water advisory signs are already installed in the swimming area warning visitors to completely avoid from the water that looks like green pain. It cannot be said as whether there are more outbreaks this year in comparison to previous years as Minnesota lakes are not regularly tested for the same.

Olson said that blue-algae are formed when extra nutrients enter into bodies of water. Algae disperse in wind and lower temperatures. The odor is so pungent that it generally keeps people away. But if people choose to swim, bathe in those areas then they are susceptible to become ill.

If people get exposed to toxins then they can develop problems like vomiting, diarrhea, rash, eye irritation, cough, sore throat and headache. In comparison to humans, animals are more at risk.

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