EVANSDALE — The city is warning residents of potentially dangerous algae blooms in Meyers Lake.
The city and Iowa Department of Natural Resources have identified blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, in the popular lake on the city’s south side.
“Don’t swim, wade, kayak, or conduct any other activity that may cause you to ingest the water at Meyers Lake,” the city said in a news release. “Algae blooms can cause ear, eye, and skin reactions and hay fever and flu-like symptoms like diarrhea.
“Wash your skin and clothing with soap and water if you have contact with the water from the lake,” the release continued.
Waters with algae blooms are not safe for animals, so pets should have a different source of water.
Large concentrations of cyanobacteria can change the water color to blue, green, brown, orange, or red. Blooms can appear year-round but are more frequent in summer and fall.
Blue-green algae can grow rapidly and sometimes form a foamy surface scum and an unpleasant odor. Because algae blooms can remove oxygen from the water, fish kills can occur.
Fillets from healthy fish caught in freshwater lakes experiencing blooms are safe to eat. Rinse fish fillets with tap or bottled water, throw out the entrails, and cook fish well.
Please refer to the Iowa Department of Public Health website for more information about algae blooms.
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