Blue-Green Algae

©Lisa Johnson

What do Minnesotans like in the summertime?

Lots of things.  Many involving lakes, dogs and ... beer.

So if something comes along that threatens those things ... well, them's fightin' words.

Elizabeth Alexson/MN Sea Grant

The toxic blue-green algae blooms on Lake of the Woods are a human-created problem.

And that it's going to take another few decades for the lake to flush itself of the toxins and nutrients that are causing the blooms.

How do we know this, you ask?

So glad you asked!

Adam Hinterthuer

This week on The Sea Grant Files we hear about the causes, threats and tracking of blue-green algae blooms.  On the heels of a large algae bloom in Lake Superior last summer,  there is a new App launched called bloomWatch, that  you can use to report sightings of Cyanobacteria algae blooms and be a part of future scientific research helping to understand  harmful patterns.  

Check it out

bloomWatch App

Here's the thing about blue-green algae:  it's really a cyanobacteria.  You can't identify it by sight or smell, but it could make you sick.  Unless you're a dog, in which case, it could kill you.