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Algae Blooms Prompt Closure Of Some Lake Champlain Beaches

Blue Green Algae bloom (file)
Lake Champlain International
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Blue Green Algae bloom (file)

All Lake Champlain beaches in Burlington, Vermont have been closed because of the presence of potentially toxic cyanobacteria.

The Burlington Parks and Recreation Department announced Monday that the Oakledge and Texaco beaches were closed because of the presence of the bacteria. North Beach and Leddy beaches were closed because they were showing signs of bacteria blooms.

All the beaches will remain closed until further notice.

Cyanobacteria blooms can produce harmful toxins. They occur after prolonged stretches of hot weather.

Also on Monday, Point au Roche State Park on the New York side of Lake Champlain closed its swimming area until further notice because of harmful algal blooms. The Clinton County Health Department is advising people to be on the lookout for the so-called HABs at local swimming areas.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.
 

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