Blue-green algae found in Veterans Park lagoon

Experts advise avoiding swimming, fishing in foamy, scummy water.

August 1, 2017

Blue-green algae has been found in the lagoon at Veterans Park, a Tuesday morning alert from the Milwaukee Health Department said.

The algae was found after water quality testing by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health.

Blue-green algae is a common algae found in rivers, lakes, and ponds throughout Wisconsin. These algae can form “blooms” due to high nutrient levels or when environmental conditions are favorable. Blooms may appear as scum layers or large floating mats and often have a bluish-green color and unpleasant odor.

While not all algae blooms are harmful, some species of blue-green algae naturally produce a toxic substance that can cause illness or health effects in humans or animals through direct contact, ingestion, or inhalation.

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