Toxic Blue-Green Algae Found in Edina’s Mirror Lake

Serious news, pups: Edina officials say toxic levels of blue-green algae have been detected in Mirror Lake. Exposure through drinking the water or even airborne water droplets can harm the liver and kidneys of pups and people, and in dogs, it can be fatal.

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), this “algae” isn’t really algae at all. It’s actually cyanobacteria, a type of bacteria that grows in warm, calm, sunny conditions – just the kind of weather we’ve been fur-tunate to have a lot of this summer.

It’s an important reminder to be vigilant about protecting your pup. Here’s what you can do:

Avoid lakes altogether. When in doubt, stay the h*eck out. Until it’s ski-joring season, that is.

Learn how to spot blue-green algae. Animal Humane Society has posted a helpful guide to identifying the toxic blooms, saying they can resemble “thick, green paint or scum” and might also smell “swampy.” Delightful.

Have questions? You can call the MPCA’s water quality monitoring line at  651-757-2822.

(Photo by Jozef Fehér)

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