- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Department of Health has issued a blue-green algae warning for the Harvey Reservoir in Wells County.

The agency said Tuesday that testing showed a toxin caused by the algae is present, but the concentration was below the state health threshold.

People notified the department about an algae bloom last week. Signs have been posted at the lake saying the water can be harmful to humans and pets.

Hot summer weather can contribute to the production of the algae that’s also known as cyanobacteria. People and animals who ingest affected water can get sick and even die. There’s no known antidote for the toxins.

People are urged to err on the side of caution and avoid water that looks discolored or scummy or has a foul odor.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide