Lake Conditions—Part 2

Lake Conditions—Part 2

Lake Conditions—Part 2 Algal blooms are not only unsightly, but may contain cyanobacteria capable of producing toxins that in high concentration can kill animals and, depending on the concentration, can sicken people.  Dogs, in particular, are vulnerable. What is the recreational condition of our lakes? EPA has just completed studies to find out.  They measured … Read More »

Some Surprising History

Some Surprising History

Some Surprising History A growing number of lake lovers are becoming more and more aware of an organism called blue-green algae.  Technically these creatures are not algae at all but are a unique type of bacteria called Cyanobacteria. Unfortunately, these life forms have the ability to produce toxic chemicals that pose health risks to people … Read More »

Cyanobacteria 101: Blue-green Algae

Cyanobacteria 101: Blue-green Algae

Cyanobacteria 101 (Blue-green algae) There is growing concern over those tiny algae-like creatures, commonly called blue-green algae.  Technically they are a type of bacteria that is commonly found in ponds and lakes.  The acronym for these creatures is HAB (harmful algae blooms.)  The fall issue of LakeLine, journal of the North American Lake Management Society … Read More »