Cyanobacteria Outbreaks in Vermont

Thirty-three Cyanobacteria Outbreaks across the state
in the last 7 days

High Alerts across Saint Albans Bay, Main Lake North, Missisquoi Bay, areas of the islands; Lakes Carmi, Morey, and Memphemagog, and Shelburne Pond

Avoid contact with the water. It is not safe for swimming or recreation on any of these at this time. Especially keep small children and pets well away from the water. This affects residents, businesses, tourists, and wildlife alike.

People with sensitive respiratory systems may want to avoid these locations all together, as cyanotoxins may become suspended in air humidity.

These outbreaks do not just affect humans!">This link shows fish suffocating in pollution - pollution caused by an agricultural system that favors cheap dairy over swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters.

For more information on cyanobacteria, and what to do if you see an outbreak, please visit the Vermont cyanobacteria resource page">by clicking here or sign up for">Bloomwatch, and be part of the information solution!

Pet owners will want to read">this story from Public Radio

"The bloom collapses. They die, they start to decompose. Toxins are released. Is the water safe to swim in a day later? We don't know. Two days later? We don't know," he said. ...

"'The water was 100 percent crystal clear,' Captain's owner, Dawn Stimmler, said. But the University of Minnesota's Veterinary Diagnostic Lab later confirmed high levels of anatoxin-a, a neurotoxin found in some blue-green algae, in Captain's body."

If you or someone you know may have become ill because of exposure to cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), seek medical attention, and then contact the Health Department at 1-800-439-8550. Then email the Secretary of Agriculture, Anson Tebbetts, and ask him what he is doing to protect the people of Vermont:

Juliana Dixon
Program Director
Lake Champlain International