Climate Change Increases Harmful Algae Blooms In Lakes

First Posted: Jun 30, 2016 07:15 AM EDT

A number of lakes reported are affected by the growth of harmful algae across the nation. These algae are the so-called blue-green algae, which are caused by toxin-producing bacteria. These are harmful to the health of humans and can also kill livestock and pets.

Experts and environmental authorities attribute the climate change, runoff agricultures and lawn fertilizer in the increase and severity of the harmful algae blooms. Some of the Oregon's well-known crystal lakes are closed by public health authorities because of the harmful algae blooms, according to The Bulletin.

Dr. Wayne Carmichael, one of the world's leading experts in harmful algae blooms stated that the actual acute risk to humans is minimal, but unless we address water quality conditions in their totality, the blooms will get worse. He further said that they will have more of them producing toxins, more frequently and in longer durations. He added, sooner or later people will become more acutely poisoned.

Meanwhile, it is also reported that there is an algae bloom on the South Shore in Callander and on the Whalley Lake in the Municipality of Magnetawan. The health authorities advise the residents and guest to avoid drinking water from the lake and use it for cooking and bathing. Do not swim or do other water sports activities that could heighten the risk of algae material and toxins that may touch your skin or be swallowed. Pets or livestock must stay away in the water. Do not let them swim or drink the water as noted by Nuggets.

They also advise the people to be careful in eating fish caught in water where cyanobacteria blooms occur. Avoid eating kidneys, liver and other organs of fish caught and do not cut the organs when filleting. The authorities said that the toxins in the water may stay up to three weeks after the algae bloom is gone.

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