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Aug 01

Beware of Blue Green Algae

Posted on August 1, 2019 at 3:30 PM by Lori Calvery

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A blue-green algae bloom is a buildup of algae that creates a green, blue-green, white or brown coloring on the surface of the water, sometimes occurring as mats or scum. They can occur at any time but are most common between June and September. Some species of blue-green algae produce toxins, so skin contact and ingestion can be dangerous. Children and pets are at the greatest risk of serious toxic effects from blue-green algae. Due to the recent identification of blue-green algae in Discovery Bay, we thought it would be helpful to share the following blog about blue-green algae from renowned veterinarian, Dr. Marty Becker. 

Contra Costa County residents seeking information on blue-green algae in our community can visit the Contra Costa Health Services Department’s webpage about blue-green algae by clicking here. 



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