A message from Leah Eckstein, Health Officer, Adams County Health & Human Services Department 6/11/2020.

It’s that time of the year again! Adams County is home to many lakes and we encourage those who use our lakes to be informed on how to safely use our lakes. While having fun in the water, be sure to keep your lake visit safe and healthy by protecting yourself and your family from the harmful effects of blue-green algae (BGA).

More about BGA

▪️BGA is a bacteria (known as cyanobacteria) and are a natural part of water bodies.
▪️With enough sunlight and nutrients, cyanobacteria can grow to high levels and form a BGA bloom. Blooms are often smelly, look like spilled paint or pea soup and can change the color of the water.
▪️Some blooms stay in the same location for a long time, others quickly come and go with changing currents and wind patterns.
▪️BGA blooms can produce toxins that can make people and animals sick after they swallow, breathe in, or have contact with the water.

For more information: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/water/bg-algae/index.htm

Please also review information about blue-green algae at the following links:

In conjunction with Adams County Land and Water Conservation, we will also be testing the county owned beaches for E. Coli every other week.

Remember to always:

▪️ Watch small children and others who are unable to swim closely around any body of water

▪️ Wash your hands immediately after exiting the water to decrease bacteria spread

▪️ Wear your life jacket

▪️ Boat responsibly

Additionally, as we continue to work towards slowing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping ourselves and neighbors healthy, be sure to check out the information on using beaches safely to decrease your risk: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/community.htm, then click on the beach section.

Thank you and stay healthy,

 Leah Eckstein RN, MSN

Health Officer

Adams County Health & Human Services Department

108 E North Street

Friendship, WI 53934-9443

608-339-4505 (w)   608-339-4560 (f)

Leah.eckstein@co.adams.wi.us