Midwest: Public Urged to Report Deadly Toxic ‘Green Paint’ Algae Blooms in Lakes

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Warsaw, IN – Have you seen something that looks like green paint in the lake where you walk your animals? It’s time to report it now to save other animals’ lives. Earlier this month, a toxic algae bloom was discovered in Big Chapman Lake near Warsaw, highlighting the dangers posed by cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae.

The Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria, which can produce microcystin, a toxin harmful to humans and deadly to pets. The bloom caused toxin levels to spike to 160.4 parts per billion in some areas, far exceeding the human safety limit of 8.0 parts per billion.

Cyanobacteria often appears as blue and green streaks in the water, resembling pea soup or a paint spill. Contact with contaminated water can lead to severe health issues, including liver damage in humans and fatal outcomes for pets. Pet owners should keep animals away from any water showing these characteristics and report sightings to local authorities immediately.

The majority of Big Chapman Lake is now safe for humans, but the event serves as a reminder for locals to remain vigilant throughout the summer months. Awareness and prompt action can prevent serious health risks, ensuring the safety of both humans and pets. The Lilly Center continues to monitor the lake, expecting safer conditions within a week as toxin levels decrease.

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