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Addressing Concerns About Blue-Green Algae

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1) Who do I contact for medical questions?

Your personal physician is the best resource for concerns about your personal health situation..

Potential Health Impacts of Blue-Green Algae [DOC] (In Development)

2) Where do I find the facts about Blue-Green Algae?

Several fact sheets address a variety of health, environmental and scientific research about Algae.

3) Where do I find the test results?

Some results will be available periodically throughout the summer while others will only be available at the conclusion.

Different types of testing will be conducted by DNR, IDEM and IUPUI.

4) What can I do to get rid of blue-green algae?

Blue-green algae is naturally occurring in many of Indiana's lakes and reservoirs. A variety of fact sheets describe the characteristics of algae and what you can do to help control algae growth.

5) Can I get in the water if there algae are present?

The presence of algae isn't always obvious and the effect of coming in contact with algae is different for everyone. Just like everyone has different sensitivity to poison ivy, your response to blue-green algae is not predictable. It is advisable to wash with clean water after being in contact with lake or reservoir water.

Potential Health Impacts of Blue-Green Algae [DOC] (In Development)

6) Is there information that can help me make a decision about my plans to swim and boat?

The Center for Earth and Environmental Science has background information for water quality and a variety of conditions. There are also many resources available on Indiana's watershed programs that can help citizens become involved in planning for better water quality.

For More Information

We will be adding FAQs as summer progresses. For more immediate information, visit Wisconsin's Blue-Green Algae Web site.