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This webpage from the University of Minnesota Extension Service includes fact-sheets designed to assist shoreland property owners in protecting and preserving water quality. These include information on septic systems, shoreline stabilization, erosion control, lawns and gardens, invasive species, and much more. Scroll to bottom for index of topics.
2007 Algae Bloom:
Dr. Jack Jones, Limnologist, commented that the bloom may be due to the drought the area has suffered followed by runoff of heavy rain causing nutrient loading.
MN Pollution Control Agency states, “An algae bloom may turn the water to a neon green, blue-green, or reddish-brown pea soup; may cause a bad smell and taste in the water; and may form a foam or scum on the water's surface. The algae may periodically use up oxygen in the water, killing fish.”
The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that humans not ingest, swim or wade in water near an algae bloom, or let children or pets enter it. If contact does occur the material should be washed off thoroughly, paying special attention to the swimsuit area. If your pet comes in contact with a bloom, wash off your pet's coat to prevent the pet from ingesting the algae while self-cleaning. If you suspect the animal is sick from the algae, call a veterinarian immediately.
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