Thursday, September 23, 2010

Of algae and other things

Blue green algae blooms (cyanobacteria) have been in the news recently. Although algae blooms are a natural phenomenon and are caused by certain weather patterns, they can make people, livestock and pets ill. Are you concerned which lakes and ponds you can take your children or pets swimming in? Which waters its safe to fish. Do you wonder what algae blooms are and how they'll affect the public drinking water? The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is charged with monitoring waters in Kansas and informing the public which waters to avoid.

KDHE overview of what algae blooms are:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) overview of cyanobacteria:

CDC's facts about harmful algal blooms:

Current algae bloom advisories:

Examples of the signage you will see at waterways that are closed due to algae:

Explanation of symptoms brought on by ingestion of blue green algae:

* Be sure to respect the warnings, soon the algae will die off naturally and activities can be resumed.

Article contact: Kim Harp

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