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Tracking blue-green algae on Lake Champlain

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Health officials are warning about a rise in toxic blue-green algae blooms.

Recent light winds and warm temperatures are the perfect conditions for problems. Blooms have been reported in areas including Shelburne Bay, Red Rocks Point and the Burlington Waterfront. Blue-green algae can irritate the skin and has even killed a few dogs that ingested it. Phosphorous is the fuel that feed the blooms.

Mike Winslow is a staff scientist for the Lake Champlain Committee. The group is tracking algae blooms through a monitoring program that started 9 years ago. Winslow appeared on The :30 to tell us more about the program. Watch the video for more.

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