You May Not Want To Swim In These 5 Iowa Lakes This Summer Due To A Dangerous Discovery

It’s that time of year again, when Iowa beaches heat up to the point that blooming algae becomes a real concern for swimmers. Last year was a record-setting summer for reports of this dangerous pollutant in Iowa lakes. Since 2006, the Iowa DNR has conducted testing in the public swimming areas it oversees. You can find their reports, here.

Blue-green algae is a common occurrence in Iowa during the late summer, when hot temperatures combine with pollution to create levels of harmful bacteria that can make people and pets who are exposed to it very ill.

Here’s what you need to know about toxic blooming algae in Iowa:

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Toxic algae blooms are a huge concern in Iowa during the late summer. Remember, not every beach is tested, so use your best judgement when you see floating green and/or blue algae in water where you, your children, and your pets may swim.