Blue-Green Algae found at Sloan Lake

Further tests being conducted
The Wyoming Department of Health has issued a warning about the rising dangers of blue-green...
The Wyoming Department of Health has issued a warning about the rising dangers of blue-green algae blooms in Sloans Lake.(kgwn)
Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 5:09 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - When the temperatures are hotter, and lake waters are more stagnant, Blue-Green Algal Blooms are a common occurrence across the country.

Last Thursday, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a Bloom Advisory for Sloan Lake in Lions Park.

These Harmful Cyanobacterial Bloom (HCB) advisories mean that there could be health risks for people in areas where cyanobacterial blooms occur.

According to the Department of Health, these Cyanobacteria create toxins called Cyanotoxins in the water that can be unhealthy for humans and animals who come into contact with it.

That’s why the DEQ is testing these samples to see just how much of the toxin is in the lake.

If the tests come back for high concentrations of these toxins, a Toxin Advisory is then put into place.

But just because a body of water has these blooms does not mean they are in the entire volume of the waterbody. Blooms and toxins can be just in certain areas of a lake, and move around frequently, says the DEQ.

The DEQ asks that people enjoy the lake from land, and not in the water. If you find yourself or your pets in the water, rinse off with clean water. If you start feeling ill or develop any rashes, go see a doctor.

The DEQ also has curated a website where you can track Wyoming bodies of water to see if it has a current Bloom or Toxin Advisory.

That website can be accessed here.

As more information is released, we will keep you updated.

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