The Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency have begun monitoring inland lakes and beaches for harmful algal blooms for the 2011 recreational season. The agencies are collaborating to post advisories based on health recommendations for tested levels.
A public health advisory has been posted at Grand Lake Saint Marys to state the following: A harmful algal bloom or algal toxin has been detected at this location. Swimming and wading are not recommended, water should not be swallowed and surface scum should be avoided. Individuals reporting illness should be interviewed by the local public health jurisdiction, using the HAB Human Illness Report Form available on the ODH Harmful Algal Blooms webpage:http://www.odh.ohio.gov/features/odhfeatures/algalblooms.aspx.
Additional fact sheets, the animal illness report form, and resources are also available on the webpage. If you have further questions, please contact Laurie Billing in the ODH Bureau of Environmental Health:Laurie.Billing@odh.ohio.gov