Tuesday , 19 September 2017

BLUE-GREEN ALGAE CONDITIONS IMPROVE ON SOME CENTRAL WISCONSIN LAKES

There is less toxic blue-green algae this year on Lake Petenwell, the Castle Rock Flowage and some smaller central Wisconsin lakes.  Last year, homeowners on the recreational lakes described the algae bloom on Lake Petenwell as the worst in memory. Aerial photos taken July 30, 2016 showed the shoreline and boat docks surrounded with an iridescent green slime. Adams County Lake Specialist Reesa Evans said the conditions in 2016 posed a health hazard. “Last year on one of the inland lakes there was a family that got sick and a dog that died from ingesting blue-green algae,” Evans said. But this year is different, Evans said. “There’s been a lot fewer reports, and I’ve certainly seen a lot less,” she said. Evans said the lower temperatures and wetter conditions this summer may have been factors in improving water quality. http://www.wpr.org/blue-green-algae-conditions-improve-some-central-wisconsin-lakes

 

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