"What's Ugly, Smells, Kills Dogs? Blue-Green Algae"

"WAUSAU, Wis. -- Waterways across the upper Midwest are increasingly plagued with ugly, smelly and potentially deadly blue-green algae, bloomed by drought and fertilizer runoffs from farm fields, that's killed dozens of dogs and sickened many people.

Aquatic biologists say it's a problem that falls somewhere between a human health concern and a nuisance, but will eventually lead to more human poisoning. State officials are telling people who live on algae-covered lakes to close their windows, stop taking walks along the picturesque shorelines and keep their dogs from drinking the rank water."

Robert Imrie reports for the Associated Press September 28, 2009.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009