Toxic algae that shut down Toledo’s water system found in Milwaukee park lagoon

By Dan Egan
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 16, 2017

Three years after a toxic algae bloom knocked out the drinking water supply for nearly 500,000 people in and around Toledo, Ohio, a similar scourge has hit Milwaukee’s Juneau Park Lagoon at a most unfortunate time.

Just days before an international “extreme” water ski competition was scheduled for the 14-acre lake sandwiched between Lake Michigan and Lincoln Memorial Drive on Milwaukee’s east side, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Zilber School of Public Health found levels of a naturally occurring “cyanobacteria” at levels 10 times beyond the U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for recreational waters…

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