Algae advisory issued for Maumee River

Published: Jul. 7, 2020 at 4:53 PM EDT
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The water in the Maumee is turning bright green.

An advisory has now been issued for the water. Toledo Lucas County Health Commissioner Eric Zgodzinski says anyone with a compromised immune system, small children, pets and the elderly should avoid contact with the water.

If you do come into contact with the algae water, you're advised to wash it off as soon as you can. Do not ingest it.

At this point, the algae contain toxic microcystin at above 20 ppb.

That's at an advisory level. Microcystins are toxins produced by cyanobacteria. This is the same toxin that shut down Toledo's water supply a few years back.

The weather conditions are prime for the algae to form, with little wind and high temperatures and a lot of sunshine.

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