Be on the lookout for blue-green algae blooms

Folk looking to hit the lakes and ponds across the region to cool off during the long, hot holiday weekend may want to be on the lookout for blue-green algae blooms. Blue-green algae, cyanobacteria, is naturally found in freshwater throughout the area. Under the right conditions, it can quickly multiply and form surface scums and blooms that could be toxic for people and pets. According to the Health Department, the algae has been spotted recently in a couple of spots in the Northeast Kingdom, including a low-alert bloom on Joe’s Pond and a high-alert bloom on Lake Memphremagog, one of only 2 high alerts currently in Vermont according to the Health Department’s Vermont Cyanobacteria Tracker.

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