This is the time of year when algae and cyanobacteria can thrive. After Pine Bluffs Town Beach life guards observed a green accumulation the morning of Saturday, August 7, a quick test detected the presence of some cyanobacteria/toxins. (This test is not approved by the State or Board of Health but has given negative results in the past.)
The danger is largely from ingestion so small children and animals are especially vulnerable and should be kept out of the water where cyanobacteria may be present. This document explains the conditions and hazards to be aware of.
Because algae and cyanobacteria blooms on the surface can move around the lake with wind and waves, conditions can change fairly quickly. If further information becomes available from the Recreation Department or Board of Health we will pass it on.