Climate Change is Affecting Cyanobacteria Blooms
Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are naturally found in fresh water in the U.S. and in Lake Champlain and other Vermont waters. Cyanobacteria can multiply quickly to form surface scums and dense populations known as blooms, especially during the warm days of late summer and early fall. Some types of cyanobacteria can release natural toxins or poisons (called cyanotoxins) into the water, especially when they die and break down. Swimming in or swallowing water with cyanobacteria are present can cause sore throats, rashes, diarrhea, or more serious health problems.