- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

CONOVER, Ohio (AP) - Officials have issued a toxic algae bloom warning for Kiser Lake in western Ohio.

The Springfield News-Sun reports (https://bit.ly/1I2mN70 ) the state Department of Natural Resources issued a public health advisory last week after a bloom was spotted on the water in the state park in Champaign County.

Department spokesman Matt Eiselstein says the level of toxic algae tested was seven times higher than the state’s threshold for issuing a warning.

The advisory warns children, the elderly and those with sensitive immune systems to avoid the water.

It’s unclear what contributed to the bloom, but agricultural runoff or faulty septic systems could be to blame. Officials have credited heavy rains with washing large amounts of algae-feeding phosphorus into bodies of water in other parts of the state, including Lake Erie.

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Information from: Springfield News-Sun, https://www.springfieldnewssun.com

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