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DNR warns of blue-green algae
Elizabeth Clemons and Gary Dunlavey, of Brodhead, ride in to dock their boat after fishing on Beckman Lake at Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area Tuesday in Browntown. Although there is an increasing amount of plants and algae in the two lakes at Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area, there have been no signs of cyanobacteria, more commonly referred to as blue-green algae, so far this year. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
BROWNTOWN - Cyanobacteria, more commonly referred to as blue-green algae, can make algae blooms toxic and cause gastrointestinal distress if ingested. Blue-green algae has appeared in Green County's Beckman Lake and Lafayette County's Yellowstone Lake in the past, and if hot weather persists, it may show up again. Gina LaLiberte works in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources bureau of science services and warns that cyanobacteria can cause symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting, similar to food poisoning.

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