BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department has lifted public health advisories for three lakes where blue-green algae blooms were present.
Advisories have been lifted for Camels Hump Dam in Golden Valley County, Pheasant Lake in Dickey County and Braddock Dam in Emmons County.
Advisories remain in place for several lakes across the state.
Blue-green algae blooms when the water is warm, slow-moving and abundant with nutrients. The algae can produce toxins that can cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, numbness, rashes and even death.
The algae blooms can discolor the water and cause foam, scum or mats to appear on the surface.
The advisories don’t prohibit the use of the lakes, but people are advised to avoid the algae. Pets and livestock shouldn’t drink affected water.
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