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Health & Prevention Report: Toxic algae can be dangerous, especially for pets

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Toxic algae is also known as blue-green algae or cyanobacteria.

Summertime in Southwest Colorado means spending time on the water. The regions lakes, reservoirs, rivers and creeks provide a ton of outdoor recreation opportunities, but they also are rich ecosystems. One thing that grows in them is algae, which can sometimes be toxic for people and animals.

For this week’s Health and Prevention Report, KSJD’s Lucas Brady woods talked with Ashley Rust, a water quality expert with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

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Rex L. Lowe, Bugwood.org
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Cyanobacteria under a microscope.

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Lucas is the News Director for KSJD Community Radio. His work focuses on serving the public of the Four Corners with responsible, factual reporting.