You May Not Want To Swim In These 3 North Dakota Lakes This Summer Due To A Dangerous Discovery
The North Dakota Department of Health has recently issued blue-green algae advisories on three lakes and reservoirs in the state. These advisories mean that the potentially toxic algae is present on the water and may raise to dangerous levels.
Blue-green algae blooms occur and fluctuate throughout summer, so it is important to keep up to date before heading out and jumping into any body of water. This particular type of algae contains toxins that, at high enough levels, can cause rashes, respiratory and eye irritation, and even neurological effects. Ingesting water with blue-green algae can be very harmful to people and animals.
For current advisories and warnings of algae blooms in North Dakota, check the ND Department of Health site. It is always a good idea to keep an eye on this before heading out to the lake during summer as this information is constantly subject to change. Testing of waters will happen often throughout the season.
Leah moved to North Dakota when she was 12 years old and has traveled from the Red River Valley to the badlands and many places in between. She loves small-town life and currently enjoys living on a small farm in the ND prairie. She's always had a passion for writing and has participated in novel writing challenges such as NaNoWriMo multiple times. Her favorite part about this job is recognizing small businesses that deserve a boost and seeing the positive affect her articles can have on their traffic, especially in rural areas that might have otherwise gone overlooked.
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