Blue-Green Algae Spotted On Lake Memphremagog

07/24/12 6:06AM

Residents on Lake Memphremagog are asked to be on the lookout for toxic blue-green algae.

The algae was spotted on the Canadian side of the lake earlier this month.

Algae blooms can irritate the skin and make people sick if ingested. They also can be lethal to pets.

Memphremagog Conservation says an algae bloom was spotted on the western edge of the lake. The organization says those who saw it said it was spread across a wide area on the lake and into depths of the water.

The Caledonian Record reports that the bloom likely occurred because of hot weather and rain that pushed high levels of runoff containing phosphorus into the lake's tributaries.

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