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Algae returns to area

Health officials warn residents about toxic blue-green algae

10:48 AM, Sep. 10, 2013
Algae blooms in Little Lake Butte des Morts have prompted warnings from the DNR about toxins that can be released into the water. Rocks along the shore near Fritse Park in the Town of Menasha are covered in the algae.
Algae blooms in Little Lake Butte des Morts have prompted warnings from the DNR about toxins that can be released into the water. Rocks along the shore near Fritse Park in the Town of Menasha are covered in the algae.
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Don Solomon sees blue-green algae on the shoreline of his Little Lake Butte des Morts home every year. This year though, he said the bloom seems worse than in years past.

The algae looks harmless - it floats in greenish wisps along the surface of the water at the Ninth Street boat launch in Menasha.

Blue-green algae can be anything but harmless, said Rob McLennan, a water resources specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Unlike green algae - which is a plant - blue-green algae is a bacteria that can release toxins into the water. ...

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