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State clears Bowman-Haley of toxic algae advisory

November 04, 2016

Microcystin, reported this week at Bowman-Haley Dam, is a cyanotoxin caused by blue-green algae. When present in water, cyanotoxins are dangerous for both people and animals. Swimming or consuming water from the dam should be curtailed until further notice. Boating should be done with caution so water is not accidentally ingested. (Photo courtesy NDDoH)Microcystin, reported this week at Bowman-Haley Dam, is a cyanotoxin caused by blue-green algae. When present in water, cyanotoxins are dangerous for both people and animals. Swimming or consuming water from the dam should be curtailed until further notice. Boating should be done with caution so water is not accidentally ingested. (Photo courtesy NDDoH)

 

 

By BRYCE MARTIN
Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net

Bowman-Haley Dam has been cleared of its blue-green algae advisory from the North Dakota Department of Health. The news comes, however, as the weather gets colder and activity is very limited at Bowman-Haley.

Summer fun at the dam was cut short just after Fourth of July when the department issued its advisory.

The North Dakota Department of Health and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, Animal Health Division, rescinded the remaining blue-green algae advisories issued this year around the state.

A total of 15 lakes and reservoirs and one river, Des Lacs River, were the subject of advisories. Last year the NDDoH and NDDA issued one advisory which was for Homme Dam.

All advisories were issued following monitoring that showed the presence of blue-green algae and very high levels of microcystin in the water.

Microcystin is a cyanotoxin caused by blue-green algae. When present in water, cyanotoxins are dangerous for both people and animals, according to the Department of Health.

While advisories have been rescinded for all remaining lakes and reservoirs in the state, the department reminds the public that blue-green algae blooms may still occur on lakes and wetlands in the state.

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