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.
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State Veterinarian Tony Forshey and State Public Health Veterinarian Kathy Smith are alerting veterinarians across Ohio about the hazards of Harmful Algal Blooms. With the apparent increase in the severty and extent of HABs across the state, there have been recent concerns regarding animal health problems and even deaths potentially associated with proliferation of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in some Ohio water bodies.
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a growing concern in Ohio. From Lake Erie to the Ohio River, HABs are becoming commonplace in many streams, lakes and ponds. Besides being unsightly and sometimes odorous, HABs can produce toxins that can kill animals.