Toxic algal blooms pose danger to livestock
by Aimee Nielson, UK Ag News
Aug 13, 2014 | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Pictured above is an Anderson County pond covered in toxic algal blooms.</i>
Jeffrey Lehmkuhler/UK Agriculture Communications

Pictured above is an Anderson County pond covered in toxic algal blooms.

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LEXINGTON, Ky., (Aug. 8, 2014) – Recent news reports of unsafe drinking water in the Great Lakes area has drawn national attention to toxic algal blooms. In Kentucky, cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, recently were found in Green River Lake, Taylorsville Lake, Barren River Lake, Nolin Reservoir and Rough River Lake at levels that prompted a recreational advisory.

Algal blooms are accumulated populations of algae in freshwater and marine water environments. They can reduce water quality, so animals might not drink as much as they need to get them through the hot, dry summer. Of the more than 2,000 species of blue-green algae identified, at least 80 are known to produce cyanotoxins (poisons) that can seriously affect animal and human health.

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