ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's extended stretch of hot weather has prompted a warning about toxic blue-green algae.
The algae gathers on the surface of the water and is known to kill dogs if they drink enough of it. It can also cause rashes and respiratory problems for people.
Pam Anderson of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency tells Minnesota Public Radio that people should be aware of the potential for trouble, and make sure kids and pets stay out of water that looks doubtful.
Anderson says blue-green algae feeds off phosphorous and other nutrients that may run into water. People can protect lakes and ponds by minimizing the runoff of yard or farm soil into waterways.
All content © Copyright 2001 - 2014 WorldNow and KTTC, a Quincy station.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Jodi Neyens at (507) 280-5104. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at email@example.com.