ALGAE BLOOMS HAVE FAR REACHING HEALTH CONCERNS

The Environmental Working Group released a report Wednesday that found hundreds of lakes across entire country, including some right here in the Adirondacks, have levels of toxic algae that far exceed safe drinking water standards.The report points to “Microcystins” which are poisonous toxins that can form in blooms of blue-green algae. In recent years, algae blooms have blossomed in hundreds of lakes nationwide, putting Americans whose drinking water comes from those lakes, or who swim, ski or fish in them, at great risk. Microcystins can cause adverse health effects in both people and animals, that can even lead to death. Ten algae blooms have been reported inside the Blue Line so far this year, including one on Otter Lake, seven along the shore of Lake Champlain, and others on Meacham Lake and Eagle Pond in Franklin County. Meanwhile, at some other locations in the Adirondacks, including Long Lake, Long Pond, and two sites on Lake Champlain, levels of microcystins were below federal standards.