By Andi Bourne
Pathfinder 

Warm weather increases risk of Harmful Algal Blooms

Toxic blooms can sicken humans and kill pets and livestock

 

August 13, 2020



Summer is in full bloom. Before you take a dip in the lake this summer, state agencies are urging Montanans to know the health risks of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).

Clearwater Resource Council received reports of possible blue-green algae in Seeley Lake. Water samples have been sent it to test for toxicity. The HAB website listed a report dated Aug. 6 that read, “No visible bloom, but a dog presented with acute neurologic signs and death in less than an hour after swimming in the river that leads into Seeley Lake. Last week a different dog suddenly drowned in the area as well.”

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