Advisory Issued for Epping/Springbrook Dam Due to Blue-Green Algae Bloom
The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality has recently issued an advisory for Epping/Springbrook Dam, indicating the presence of blue-green algae bloom in certain areas of the water body. The advisory further warns that the toxin levels in the algae exceed the state's recreational threshold, posing potential harm to humans and pets. It is essential for the public to be aware of the risks associated with this situation and take necessary precautions to ensure their well-being.
First and foremost, it is advised that individuals refrain from swimming, waterskiing, or tubing in the affected areas if the water appears to resemble spilled green paint or pea soup. These visual cues can help identify the presence of the blue-green algae bloom. Swallowing water should be avoided, and close attention should be paid to small children and pets who may accidentally ingest the water.
To minimize the risk of illness, it is recommended to rinse off with clean water immediately after swimming. This simple precautionary measure helps to remove any potential algae residue from the skin. When boating, it is advisable to stay away from areas of scum, as they are likely to contain higher concentrations of harmful algae.
For additional information and updates on the situation, concerned individuals can visit the website www.tinyurl.com/WMP-HABs. This resource will provide the latest information on the blue-green algae bloom, including any changes in advisory status or precautionary measures.
By following these guidelines and staying informed, the public can ensure their safety while enjoying recreational activities near Epping/Springbrook Dam. It is crucial to remain vigilant and take proactive steps to mitigate the potential health risks posed by the blue-green algae bloom.