The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is not currently conducting any routine monitoring for blue-green algae or blue-green algal toxins.
Blue-green algae, also known as Cyanobacteria, are a group of photosynthetic bacteria that many people refer to as "pond scum." Blue-green algae are most often blue-green in color, but can also be blue, green, reddish-purple, or brown.
Here in Wisconsin, most of the state relies on groundwater, rather than surface water, for drinking water.
Small fish are then eaten by larger fish, and both small and large fish are eaten by mammals, raptors, and people.
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Most species are buoyant and will float to the surface, where they form scum layers or floating mats.
When this happens, we call this a "blue-green algae bloom." In Wisconsin, blue-green algae blooms generally occur between mid-June and late September, although in rare instances, blooms have been observed in winter, even under the ice.
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