- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The city of Burlington temporarily closed two popular beaches after spotting the potentially toxic cyanobacteria known as blue-green algae in the water.

Vermont Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/1eZcqUf) that swimmers were advised to stay out of the water Monday at North Beach and the beach at Leddy Park. Volunteers for the state Department of Health also have seen the algae in St. Albans Bay and near Swanton.

The bacteria can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals. State Toxicologist Sarah Vose says not all algae blooms contain toxins, and the state is testing water samples from the Burlington beaches. She says the blooms, caused by an excess of phosphorous, likely will continue in the coming weeks.

Officials say people and pets should avoid water with a green or blue-green scum.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net

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