31 Dec

LCC Week 10 blue-green algae reports

first_imgby the Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) This week’s heat wave brought with it numerous reports of blue-green algae blooms. St Albans Bay and Missisquoi Bay were hit the hardest but blooms also showed up in the northern part of the Main Lake, the Alburgh Passage, and on Lake Carmi. With few exceptions, waters generally remained clear from the Islands south. Thursday’s (8/20) high winds may have moved scums around and changed conditions but cyanobacteria will be present for some weeks yet. Anyone on the water and shorelines, particularly in Missisquoi Bay and St Albans Bay should be on the lookout and avoid contact with blooms. Algae conditions can vary widely over short time frames and short distances. Some blooms persist for days while others pop up and disappear within a span of hours. Blooms are pushed by prevailing winds, leading to denser shoreline accumulations downwind.If you see or suspect a bloom:Report it to the Lake Champlain Committee using our online form(link is external). Click here for how to assess conditions(link is external).Avoid contact with the water in the area of the bloom.If you’ve been in contact with a bloom, rinse and shower thoroughly as soon as possible.Keep people (especially children) and pets out of the water.Do not drink untreated lake water. If you suspect a bloom near your intake, don’t drink, cook or shower with the water. Boiling water does not destroy toxins.See a doctor if someone gets ill after exposure to an algae bloom and report algae-related illnesses to the health department.Please help share information about blue-green algae. Here are links to two useful fact sheets to pass on to help spread the word:Blue-green algae fact sheet(link is external)Fact sheet for Veterinarians and dog owners(link is external)A reminder to Vermonters that there are important public meetings coming up next week where you can weigh in on water. See the Take Action section below for further details. Please help shape the regulatory actions and policy to safeguard and restore our waterways.Source: LCC 8.21.2015last_img

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