- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A new law that went into effect earlier this month requires state health officials in Vermont to notify the public of algae blooms within an hour of finding out about them.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/2agTm5m ) a law that went into effect on July 1 requires the state Department of Health maintain an internet site that alerts the public of algae in recreational areas.

Blue-green algae or cyanobacteria can release a toxin that can sicken swimmers and pets. The algae can multiply rapidly in warm conditions.

Health officials must also conduct “public outreach” within an hour of determining the cyanobacteria is a public health hazard.

More than 100 trained volunteers check their assigned sites every week.

The law doesn’t say what happens if the state fails to comply.


Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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