- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Department of Health has issued a blue-green algae warning for the Bowman-Haley Reservoir near Bowman.

The agency said Friday that swimming and drinking water from the dam should be restricted. The department confirmed the presence of the algae bloom this week.

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.

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