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Could blue-green algae poison Vt. water supplies?

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Environmental officials say a blue-green algae bloom could poison water supplies here, just as it did in Ohio.

Toledo was in crisis mode all weekend. Toxic blue-green algae blooms made that city's water supply unsafe for human consumption. It took two days of intense chemical treatments to make that water safe enough to drink.

Phosphorus runoff-- primarily from farms-- feeds the algae.

Vermont Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears says Vermont farmers are working to better manage manure, but the problem persists.

Reporter Mike McCune: You see what happened in Toledo. Are we in danger of something on that scale?

David Mears: We have similar risks. The issues on Lake Erie, which is where the blue-green algae blossomed and where the toxicity was presumably originated and got into the Toledo system, we have that same exact problem here on Lake Champlain in Vermont.

Meanwhile a blue-green algae bloom has formed in St. Albans Bay and the state has put the area on high alert. Water in the area is not safe for recreational use. People should stay away from it and avoid contact with algae blooms.

Click here to watch the full interview with Vt. Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears from "The :30."

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