Green Lake County Health Department Releases Tips for Staying Safe Amid Blue-Green Algae Blooms | New
The Green Lake County Department of Health was informed Thursday by the Green Lake Health District that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae in the Highway K Marsh in Green Lake County.
At present, the Department of Health says the bloom appears to be contained in the swamp and not in Green Lake itself.
The condition of the water can change quickly with blue-green algae blooms, so stay alert and watch for signs of blue-green algae before entering the water.
“When it comes to blue-green algae, just remember: when in doubt, stay outside,” the health department said in a press release.
Exposure to blue-green algae blooms can be fatal. Blue-green algae can cause vomiting, diarrhea, skin, eye and throat irritation, and breathing difficulties.
Protect yourself and your pets by taking the following steps:
- Avoid swallowing lake water and do not touch algae scum
- Keep pets away from water and don’t let them drink water that may contain blue-green algae
- Be vigilant and avoid water that
- Looks like pea soup or spilled paint
- Is discolored or has colored streaks
- Has surface scum, mats or films
For more information, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Blue-Green Algae website or contact the Green Lake County Health Department at 920-294-4070