The warmer summer weather often encourages many people to take a swim in Wisconsin's lakes and ponds. However, it can also promote the growth of toxic blue-green algae blooms in those same waters.
Environmental Health Programs Director Chuck Warzecha rising temperatures, combined with run-off, usually result in blue-green algae popping up around the state this time of year. Warzecha says it will look like someone poured paint on the surface of the water and you should notice a foul smell.
Coming into contact with the tainted water can be harmful to your health. It can lead to skin irritations if touched. If swallowed, it has been known to cause liver damage and even death.
Warzecha says most adults know to steer clear, but kids and pets sometimes miss the algae. He says quick action is needed if you are exposed. Soap and clean water should be used to rinse off. If symptoms grow worse, you should seek medical help.