Vermont Department of Health: Warm Weather Means More Cyanobacteria Blooms

BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Vermont Department of Health says to be aware that the warmer temperatures have caused cyanobacteria to begin growing on some of Vermont’s waters.

“Unfortunately, the same summer weather that may extend our beach season is perfect for cyanobacteria to grow,” said Sarah Vose, state toxicologist for the Vermont Department of Health.

“If you see it, stay away,” added Vose.

Health officials recommend that you don’t drink untreated lake or pond water.

This includes water for brushing teeth or food preparation. According to a media release, untreated water that could contain cyanobacteria could make you sick.

Even showering or bathing with untreated water could cause rashes and skin irritations.

“The late-summer blooms we are seeing in Lake Carmi and St. Albans Bay severely impact the ability of Vermonters to enjoy our waters and pose significant problems for lake residents,” said Emily Boedecker, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

You can see where cyanobacteria is in Vermont by clicking here.


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