THE PUBLIC IS STRONGLY ADVISED TO USE CAUTION - THOSE
ARE WORDS OF WARNING AFTER BLUE GREEN ALGAE WAS SPOTTED
THIS MORNING IN LAKE MENDOTA.
THE TOXIC BACTERIA CAN MAKE PEOPLE AND ANIMALS VERY
-- MICHELLE --
WHILE BLUE GREEN ALGAE HAS BEEN AROUND FOR MILLIONS
OF YEARS IT HAS ONLY APPEARED IN LAKE MENDOTA ABOUT
A DECADE AGO.
GIVEN THE POPULARITY OF MENDOTA - NEWS 3 REPORTER
DAVE DELOZIER HAS BEEN LOOKING INTO THE HEALTH CONCERNS
AND JOINS US.
MICHELLE AND ERIC - CONTACT WITH THIS TOXIC BACTERIA
CARRIES WITH IT SIGNIFICANT HEALTH RISKS.
THIS TIME OF YEAR - AS PHOSPHORUS ENTERS WATERS FROM
AGRICULTURE AND TEMPERATURES RISE-- BLUE GREEN ALGAE
SO DOES THE CONCERN LAKE USERS WILL COME IN CONTACT
THEY ARE WHAT MAKES MADISON AND WISCONSIN SPECIAL
- OUR LAKES.
there's quite a bit of traffic down here in the waters
BUT WITHIN THE LAST DECADE SOMETHING OTHER THAN PEOPLE
HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO LAKES - LIKE MENDOTA: TOXIC BLUE
it's kind of a moving target so we have to be on our
KIRSTI SORSA HAS BEEN MONITORING WATER QUALITY FOR
MADISON AND DANE COUNTY FOR MORE THAN A DECADE.
THIS SAMPLE OF BLUE GREEN ALGAE CAME IN LAST WEEK.
TUESDAY IT WAS FOUND IN PORTIONS - BUT NOT ALL OF
just areas right now we've got the report on memoiral
union ahd hoofer pier, somebody was sampling james
madison and didn't report anything at that site.
lake waubesa often gets blooms and that started last
BLUE GREEN ALGAE IS ACTUALLY A TOXIC BACTERIA.
BLOOMS OCCUR WHEN NUTRIENTS - LIKE PHOSPHORUS AND
WARM TEMPERATURES OCCUR.
IT ISN'T ANYTHING YOU WANT TO COME IN CONTACT WITH.
we just finally got our new facilities and getting
new facilities we actually had to make sure we got
our shower facilities because as you can tell with
our wind surfers out here they're falling in the water
all the time and dthey are getting it on their skin
and their clothing so we have come up with some kind
of a response for that.
THERE IS NO DOUBT THIS IS WHAT MAKES MADISON A SPECIAL
THERE IS ALSO NO DOUBT BLUE GREEN ALGAE IS A SPECIAL
when you see the really big blue green algae it is
thick, it looks like a carpet, it smells.
you literally don't want to be down here during that.
it is like now i really don't want to be near the
CONTACT OR CONSUMPTION OF BLUE GREEN ALGAE CAN MAKE
YOU VERY SICK.
SYMPTOMS INCLUDE EYE - NOSE - THROAT AND SKIN IRRIATION
ALONG WITH VOMITING AND DIARRHEA.
AND ERIC AND MICHELLE - ONE THING OFFICIALS ARE REALLY
CAUTIONING FOLKS ABOUT IS SWIMMING AT NIGHT- BECAUSE
YOU CAN'T SEE THE BLOOMS AND MAY FIND YOURSELF SWIMMING
-- ERIC --