Toxic Blue Green Algae Five Lakes in Indiana 7/19/12
BH : Blue-Green (cyanobacteria) Algae bloom / North-America / USA [0:0]Posted: 19 Jul 2012 08:29 PM PDT
EDIS Number: BH-20120720-35847-USA
Date / time: 20/07/2012 03:28:31 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Name of Hazard: Blue-Green (cyanobacteria) Algae bloom
Area: North-AmericaCountry: USAState/County: State of Indiana
Description:-A couple from Wabash suspects a toxic algae killed their dogs at Salamonie Reservoir . The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has discovered high levels of the blue-green algae in five different lakes across Indiana. On Sunday, Larry and Marge Young were playing with their four family dogs at the Salamonie Reservoir. 24-hours later, two of their dogs were dead. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) found record levels of blue-green algae at the reservoir, but no one told the Youngs. There weren’t even warning signs. he problem isn’t only at the Salamonie Reservoir. Algae levels in Sand Lake at Chain O’Lakes were just high enough for officials to send out an alert. Three other lakes in the state have the same issue. But Salamonie’s algae count was significantly concerning. “We have not seen levels this high,” Cyndi Wagner with IDEM said. Wagner said low water levels and human interaction with the environment have led to the skyrocketing toxic algae. “The blue-green algae problem that we have in a lot of our lakes and reservoirs is strictly due to over fertilizing in our watersheds,” Wagner said. If your animal has vomiting, diarrhea, is lethargic, or shows signs of seizures after visiting one of the high alert lakes, call the vet immediately. The symptoms can be similar, but to a lesser extent with humans.