Blue Green Algae 2012 Season Summary

The season summary status of Blue-green Algae shown on the map reflects conditions from early June thru mid October. Observations and samples were collected once each week. Each dot on the map represents a testing site. Test site labels identify how many tests were not "Generally Safe" (either "Low Alert" or "High Alert"). Click on a test site on the map to display that site's results.

Download 2012 summary data.

About Blue Green Algae and Blooms

Wind and waves can move algae around. Blooms can appear or disappear very rapidly so conditions around the lake are likely to change over the course of the week.
- To check on the current status of your favorite beach or swimming area, contact whoever is responsible for maintaining the beach. This may be the town, Vermont State Parks, or a private association.
- It is not possible to tell whether algae blooms are toxic by looking at them. Everyone should become familiar with the appearance of blue-green algae blooms and avoid them.
- See examples of what Blue-green Algae does and does not look like here.

Be cautious and avoid blooms

- Children are at higher risk because they are more likely to play near the shoreline and drink water while swimming.
- Pets will also drink the water and lick off algae that may be caught in their fur.
- Avoid boating, jet-skiing and swimming through blooms

If you become ill

If you or someone you know may have become ill because of exposure to Blue-green Algae, seek medical attention and then contact the Health Department
at 1-800-439-8550.

Department of Health Blue-green Algae website
Environmental Public Health Tracking Portal

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