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.