The Douglas County Conservation Office and the Wisconsin Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health wish to inform citizens of blue-green algae blooms and their risks to pets and people.

Blue-green algae are natural parts of water bodies in Wisconsin; however with enough sunlight and nutrients, the algae can form a bloom. Blue-green algae blooms look like spilled paint or pea soup, and can change the color of water to unnatural green, blue, turquoise, purple, tan or white colorations. These blooms can create toxins that are harmful to animals and people if swallowed or breathed in.

To keep yourself and your pets safe from blue-green algae blooms choose clear water without noticeable discoloration or surface scum, foam and algal mats; do not swim or let your pets swim in places where water quality notices are posted; supervise pets when swimming; offer fresh water to animals; and stay out of the water if you have any doubts.

To report a blue-green algae bloom, email the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at DNRHABS@wisconsin.gov. More information on harmful blue-green algae blooms is available on the Douglas County website under the News tab.

The Douglas County Board is on hiatus for the month of July. Other committees may still meet.

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There are several meetings on the calendar for the next few weeks:

The transportation and infrastructure committee will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in room 201 of the Government Center.

The Douglas County Revolving Loan Fund Board also meets on Wednesday, Aug. 4 from 1-3 p.m. in room 201 of the Government Center.

The administration committee meets on Thursday, Aug. 5, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in room 201 of the Government Center.

For more information on meetings, agendas, or Douglas County, please visit our website, www.douglascountywi.org.

Community input and participation is always appreciated! If you have a suggestion or a comment, please contact me at 715-395-1429 or email Melissa.Pratt@douglascountywi.org. Make it a great week!