6-26-2020 Public Health Advisory:
Algal Toxins in Driskels Lake, Cass County – People and pets should stay out of the lake until further notice
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 a public health advisory that algal toxins were found in Driskels Lake in Cass County.
At this time, Van Buren/Cass District Health Department advises that people and pets stay out of the lake until more testing can be completed to determine the safety 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 on the shoreline. If people and dogs enter the lake, rinse them off and monitor for illness.
Click HERE for important information: press release-Driskels Lake 6-26-2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 from the office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer
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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