Blue-green algae blooms have been detected for three consecutive months and four monitoring sessions from July to September on East Goose Lake in White Bear Lake.
The public should avoid contact with the water in lakes that have active blue-green algae blooms, also known as harmful algal blooms (HABs). During these bloom events, the water contains blue-green algae at levels that may cause short-term and long-term harm including skin irritation, gastrointestinal problems, and/or liver damage. When temperatures are warm and rainfall is low, blue-green algae blooms become more likely, especially in waterbodies that have had these blooms previously detected. People and pets should avoid all contact with the water, scum, or algae. Always remember, when in doubt, best keep out.
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MN Department of Health For more information on harmful algae blooms, call the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency at 651-757-2822 or 800-657-3864. Report human health effects to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Foodborne and Waterborne Illness Hotline at 1-877-366-3455. For health questions, citizens can contact MDH’s Waterborne Diseases Unit at 651-201-5414 or visit the MDH’s Harmful Algal Bloom web page.