BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Health Department says potentially toxic algae blooms are being spotted on Lake Champlain earlier than usual this summer.
Blooms have been reported on the Vermont shoreline between Kingsland Bay and the Champlain Bridge in Addison County.
Anyone spending time on the lake should watch for algae and avoid those areas.
The Health Department alerted nearby state parks, public beaches and water intake facilities.
The current weather conditions of light winds and warm temperatures are ideal for algae growth.
Children and pets are at higher risk of exposure to blue-green algae because they are more likely to ingest the water.
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