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Drought raising concerns about harmful algae
Blue-green algae less prevalent in man-made lakes
by WKSU's JASEN SOKOL


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Jasen Sokol
 

While blue-green algae blooms are raising concerns along Lake Erie, many man-made lakes in Ohio are having no problems.

The algae are seen more often during droughts and can release toxins that kill pets and cause health problems in humans including skin irritation and vomiting.

The Army Corps of Engineers monitors about 20 lakes and reservoirs in Northeast Ohio. Of those, only Dillon Lake in Muskingum County is under an algae-bloom watch. But water quality specialist Erich Emery says the corps of engineers is developing plans in case algae develops as it has over the last two years.

Emery discusses plans to address blue-green algae

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The corps did find toxins at a lake in Southwest Ohio and another in Indiana which was the site of several pet deaths.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources monitors other lakes in the state, and it has issued alerts at Grand Lake St. Mary’s in northwest Ohio.

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