Using a different classification system, Indiana Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday said urged people using Mississenewa Lake in northern Indiana to avoid drinking lake water, shower after swimming and to keep pets out of the water…
Lakes listed as having concentrations that fell within the “caution” category, where officials warn of a moderate chance of adverse health effects:
• Taylorsville, Rough River, Barren, Green River, Nolin Reservoir and Greenbrier Creek Reservoir in Kentucky, and the J. Edward Roush Lake in Indiana.
Lake listed in the “advisory” category with low probability of adverse health effects:
• Brookville Lake in Indiana.
Exposure to blue-green algae during activities such as swimming, wading, and water-skiing may lead to rashes, skin, eye irritation, and other uncomfortable effects such as nausea, stomach aches, and tingling in fingers and toes. See your doctor if you experience any symptoms after water recreational activities.
• Avoid contact with visible algae and don’t swallow water.
• Take a bath or shower with warm, soapy water after coming in contact with water in ponds and lakes.
• Pets and livestock should also not be allowed to swim in or drink untreated water from these sources. Livestock, pets and wild animals can be poisoned by the toxins produced by some algal blooms.
• Dogs are particularly susceptible to blue-green algae poisoning because the scum can attach to their coats and be swallowed during self-cleaning.
• Remove fish skin and organs before cooking, do not consume or allow animals to consume the organs or skin.
Sources: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kentucky Division of Water, Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
Photo caption: (Photo: By Marty Pearl, Special to The Courier-Journal)
James Bruggers, The Courier Journal
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