No swimming in Maumee Bay due to unsafe algal toxin levels
The Ohio Department of Health is warning people to stay away from the water at Maumee Bay State Park beach due to high levels of algal toxins.
An advisory was last issued for the beach on August 31, 2017. No other advisory was issued there according to records going back to 2008. The 2017 advisory lasted 25 days.
The Lake Erie Algae season is in full bloom and scientists are generally predicting this is going to be a more severe bloom this year.
On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the worst, the prediction by different environmental organizations is that this year could reach a 9.
The biggest wild card is whether the algae bloom will be toxic, which means it will contain high levels of Cyanobacteria. If you make contact with it, it can cause a skin rash or blistering. If you inhale the droplets it can be a respiratory irritant and cause wheezing and allergic reactions.
If you drink the water it can cause serious damage like nausea, vomiting and even become toxic to some organs like the liver.