The toxic blue green algae hit again in the United States, this time in Illinois. Officials from the Southern Illinois University Carbondale announced that Campus Lake has been invested with an algal bloom, so people should avoid getting into contact with the water.
Right now many efforts are made in order to raise awareness and to educate people about the danger posed by this parasite. The leading cause of the development of these algae comes from the high level of phosphorus in the water.
Plus, this bloom consumes high levels of oxygen, making the water of the lake dangerous for native species. When this event occurs, the area where the algae spread is called a ‘dead zone.’ The SIU Center for Environmental Health and Safety has already taken active measures to establish how much the toxic blue green algae have spread.
Plus, officials are trying to find a better approach and a more efficient strategy to tackle this problem. The toxic algae are also known as cyanobacteria. Human contact with the water is forbidden, because the algae can cause rashes and other severe symptoms, especially in children and seniors.
In addition to this, officials prompted residents to prevent their pets from entering the water, especially dogs, as they are more vulnerable than humans to this algal bloom and more likely to die because of it. When dogs swim, they usually swallow large quantities of water so they might ingest a lot of algae.
The spread of the algae is called bloom because it happens at a fast rate. Until now, based on the SIU data, the algae level in the Campus Lake has been stable. According to Kevin Bame, Administration, and Finance vice chancellor, boating and fishing in the lake’s waters are forbidden until scientists find a viable solution to deal with the toxic blue green algae.
Nevertheless, the walking path around the lake is still open for everyone. Fortunately, the water drinking area has not been infested yet. It is also worth mentioning that the algae also spread because of the rising temperatures.
As a countermeasure, officials decided to lower the lake level for a month, hoping to stop the spread of the toxic blue green algae. It means that around 20 acres of the shoreline out of 43 acres of the entire lake size will be exposed.
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