June 11, 2019 – Toxic algae blooms are a growing epidemic, polluting lakes and other waterways across the U.S., as a 2018 EWG report revealed. They can occur any time, but they thrive when water is warmer, usually from May through October.
Toxic algae blooms occur when bacteria-laden fertilizer and manure from farms run off into waterways, triggering the growth of a thick, blue-green goop on the water’s surface. (This slime is technically not algae, but microscopic single-celled organisms.) Not all blooms are toxic, but those that are produce toxins called microcystins, and other poisons.
These toxins can cause…