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Another Casualty from Summer’s Heatwave: Unclean Natural Waters

posted by Jael Ever @ 10:24 AM
July 29, 2011

 Let’s be clear about this:  Do not swim or play in green algae water with green algae floating on top!  Do not believe the hype that green algae in water is harmless!  The algae showing up in lakes, rivers, ponds and streams across the country is caused by extremely hot weather, with lots of sunshine, little or no wind, even less rain, and non-receding flood waters––all resulting in too much unhealthy stagnant non-flowing water.   While bureaucrats in charge of the public’s health in countries like China claim the algae is harmless, those in this country disagree. 

 Tom Langer, Director of the bureau of Environmental Health in the Kansas Department of Health and Environment tells Aleese Kopf, Kansas City Star reporter, “We have seen a unique set of factors this year combine to make perfect conditions for algae blooms.”  Langer says that the department has had a significant increase in the number of health complaints after people visit Kansas water sites.  “Symptoms can range from a sore throat or cough to itchy skin and vomiting.”  But so far there have been no serious illnesses.  However, these algae blooms can also harm dogs, cattle and other animals that drink the water.  Langer is also receiving reports for dead fish pilling up from “not harmful” algae.  Pointing out that treating algae with chemicals is expensive and impractical, Langer also says that algae blooms typify poor water quality.

 Moreover, in its recent publication “Blue-Green Algae (Cyanobacteria) Blooms,” the California Department of Public Health ratchets upward the risks that blue-green algae blooms bring:  “Exposure to blue-green algae can cause rashes, skin and eye irritation, allergic reactions, gastrointestinal upset, and other effects.  At high levels, exposure can result in serious illness or death.”  These health workers further add that the type of bloom and length of exposure can also cause liver toxicity and promote the growth of tumors.  They also add that several dogs and otters have died after drinking the blue-green algae water. 

 Further, California officials report: “There aren’t any drinking water standards specifically for blue-green algae.”  So have no body contact whatsoever with blue-green algae blooms, no swimming, wading or water-skiing.  These rules especially start with children, and move up to adults.  Let’s make this simple:  Stay away from all blue-green algae water!  And, oh yes, also don’t eat any fish that come out of it!  And this also includes water that appears to be all green!

 So Play Safe This Summer! Dress the kids in Christian childrens t-shirts and take them to well-sanitized swimming pools for outings and vacations.  And be sure to tell others about Jesus this summer in order to avoid Jeremiah’s lament:  “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved (8: 20).”

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