Hot weather brings blooms of potentially harmful blue-green algae; here’s what you need to know

algae on waterFrom the Journel Sentinel, July 26, 2018.

It’s algae season, the time of the year when Wisconsin lakes can suddenly turn green. Sometimes, it can make you or your children sick.

Algae blooms, including the potentially dangerous blue-green algae, began earlier than normal this year, with reports of the sudden appearance of green-choked waters in early June.

Tests in past years have shown blue-green algae to be prevalent in Wisconsin and experts say warmer temperatures and wetter years caused by climate change will make it even more of a problem.

Here are five things you should know about blue-green algae to protect yourself and family.

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