NEW 08/24/2020 Update for Algal Toxins in Driskels Lake, Cass County
07/09/2020 Update Algal Toxins in Driskels Lake, Cass County – People and pets should continue to stay out of water with accumulations of algae or aquatic plants.
The Van Buren/Cass District Health Department, working in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), is issuing an update to the July 1 st public health advisory regarding algal toxins that were found in Driskels Lake in Cass County. Since the previous advisory, additional testing at the MDHHS Laboratory shows that toxin continues to be present in areas of Driskels Lake, specifically among clumps of algae. The most recent samples were taken on July 1 st and were taken from multiple locations around the perimeter of the lake. These toxins can make people and animals sick when swallowed or breathed in.
The Van Buren/Cass District Health Department continues to advise that people and pets stay out of water in Driskels Lake that contains visible accumulations of algae or aquatic plants. People and pets could accidentally swallow water containing toxins when swimming in these areas. If people have any doubts whether algae is present in an area, they should stay out and keep pets out of the water. Do not let dogs drink lake water. Monitor children and pets closely to ensure they do not eat or play with algae or aquatic plants in the water or on the shoreline. If people and dogs enter the lake, rinse them off and monitor for illness. Boating or jet skiing through areas with algae or aquatic plants on the water’s surface can cause sprays that may contain the toxin and should be avoided.
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NEW -update- Driskels Lake Harmful Algal Bloom Update 07-09-2020
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Any Resident with questions about the ongoing investigation should contact Hartford Township at 269-621-4658 or EGLE’s Environmental Assistance Center at 1-800-662-9278.
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Having your home tested is the only effective way to determine whether you and your family are at risk of high radon exposure. Your VBCDHD has Radon Testing Kits available, contact our Environmental Health staff for more information.
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