Maine Lakes At Risk For Dangerous Blue Green Algae
Ever since I saw the story on Facebook about the couple who lost their three dogs from an innocent trip to a lake with this algae, I have wondered if there were any lakes in Maine where it had been found. Turns out there are so for the protection of you and your animals read on.
This info comes from In Your State which says six lakes here in Maine are at the highest risk, and are reported as having algae blooms "often." The algae blooms every year in warmer weather. The scientific name is "Cyanobacteria" and it can be hard to identify.
- Annabessacook Lake in Monmouth
- Cross Lake in Aroostook County
- Georges Pond in Franklin
- Sebasticook Lake in Newport
- Trafton Lake in Limestone
- Webber Pond in Vassalboro.
The CDC has a fact sheet about these blooms and how to protect your pets and family. they say that the algae likes brackish water and you may or may not be able to see it. In some area it stays stay below the water’s surface, they sometimes float to the surface. Some cyanobacteria blooms can look like foam, scum, or mats, particularly when the wind blows them toward a shoreline.
So be careful because dogs and water is only natural.