18 Sep '12, 5pm

Stay out of the water: a toxic algae slideshow

Stay out of the water: a toxic algae slideshow

Summer has traditionally meant it’s time to pack up the kids and head to the lake for swimming, boating, and fishing. But that’s all changing as toxic blue-green algae, also called cyanobacteria, spreads across a growing number of U.S. lakes. The once-fresh lakes reek like outhouses. The smell alone can cause respiratory problems and headaches. Photo by Peg McAloon. The green slime hurts tourism and property values and is changing many family traditions. "My family has spent every 4th of July on Grand Lake St. Marys. The last three years we haven't been able to go swimming because of the algae. It puts a damper on the fun." -Ron Wyss (resident) Contact with toxic blue-green algae can make people and pets sick. Many states issue warnings to keep people out of the water. "Health warning signs have been posted for the last three years, eliminating any possibility of my grandc...

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