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Woodbury Officials: Only Trace Levels of Toxin Found in Carver Lake

Updated: 08/01/2014 2:29 PM
Created: 08/01/2014 11:51 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

Although a toxin has been found in an east metro lake, the small amount poses a low risk to humans and animals, Woodbury city officials announced this week.

The city said a blue-green algae bloom was found in Carver Lake on Thursday, July 24. The algae sometimes releases a toxin called microcystin that can harm both humans and animals when it’s ingested.

Fortunately, city officials said they conducted tests and only found trace amount of the toxin. They’re telling community members in the area to make their own decisions about swimming in the water.

Blue-green algae blooms occur naturally and can be difficult to predict, health officials say. Learn more here:

MPCA: Blue-green algae and harmful algal blooms
MPCA: What you should know about blue-green algae
MDH: Blue-green algal blooms and microcystin
MDH: Beaches and recreational waters in Minnesota, links to resources

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