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UPDATE: Adams County Public Beach Closures
UPDATE 8-14-18 1:20pm Castle Rock Lake as been reopened. Conditions at Petenwell Park are being assessed but are currently still closed.
UPDATE 8-10-18 9:00am Lake Arrowhead has been reopened. Conditions at Castle Rock Park and Petenwell Park are being assessed but are currently still closed.
Due to Blue-Green algae, the public beaches at Lake Arrowhead, Castle Rock Park and Petenwell Park are currently closed. As water conditions improve, the lakes will be reassessed to potentially reopen.
Bike Safety Rodeo
FREE AIRPLANE RIDES AND BIKE HELMETS
Have fun in the sky AND on land on Saturday, August 25th from 9am - 1pm at the Adams County Airport! Join the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Be Healthy Adams County and the Young Eagles EAA Chapter 931 for a Bike Safety Rodeo and rally. There’s something for everyone!
- FREE airplane rides for kids ages 8-17 (with an adult present)
- Bicycle obstacle courses and activities from the Sheriff’s Office
- Educational information on bike safety
- FREE bike helmets (toddler – youth XL available, all different styles and colors!)
- Granny Flanny’s Beachin’ Shaved Ice and Cotton Candy and other refreshments
- Chances to WIN cool prizes!
Rain date: Sunday, August 26th. For more information, contact Lieutenant Ryan Greeno at the Adams County Sheriff’s Office at 608-339-3304.
Be Aware of Blue-Green Algae
DATE - AUGUST 8, 2018
Be Aware of Blue-Green Algae
Blue-Green Algae continues to be a concern in our local lakes. Some blue-green algae can cause illnesses for people and animals who accidentally ingest or inhale it, or have prolonged skin contact with the algae. Public beaches are monitored and advisories and closures are posted as necessary.
"Blue-green algae are in all lakes and rivers in Wisconsin, but they only become a problem when they grow to high concentrations, called blooms, on some water bodies," said Gina LaLiberte, DNR's statewide blue-green algae coordinator. "Actively growing blooms are usually green and have a 'pea soup' appearance, but blooms may also appear as blue, white, red, or brown scums that may be foamy or in mats."
While not all blue-green algae produce toxins, the presence of blue-green algae blooms in lakes, ponds or rivers may indicate a potential health hazard, LaLiberte said.
"One easy way to identify potential risk from blue-green algae is that if adults are in knee-deep water and can see their feet clearly, the risk of acute illness is low to moderate for adults, but it's still a good idea to choose the clearest water possible for small children and dogs, and to avoid swallowing water that could contain other bacteria, viruses, and parasites," LaLiberte said. "When you can't see your feet, keep children and dogs out of the water and consider having the whole family pursue another activity that day."
Public health officials encourage people to avoid swallowing any water and to always wash off after swimming in any lake, pond or river. Dogs should always be rinsed off with clean water to remove algae from their coat. If people have any doubts about the appearance of water, they should stay out. They should ensure that children and pets do not swim in or drink water with a blue-green algae bloom.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, common symptoms of exposure to toxic blue-green algae blooms include rashes, gastrointestinal ailments and respiratory irritation. People experiencing symptoms that may be due to blue-green algal exposure should contact their health care provider or the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
Animals have a higher risk of dying after exposure to blue-green algal toxins because they are smaller in size and may ingest large amounts of toxins from drinking lake, pond, or river water or licking algae from their coat. Symptoms in dogs can include lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea or even seizures. If your animal shows any of these symptoms contact your veterinarian immediately.
People are also encouraged to report potential algae-related illnesses in both people and animals to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services by filling out the Harmful Algae Bloom Illness or Sighting Survey (exit DNR) or by calling 608-266-1120.
To help track the occurrence of blooms around the state, blooms may be reported to the DNR at DNRHABS@wisconsin.gov. Descriptions of bloom size, duration, location with lake, town, and county name, and photos for verification are particularly helpful.
Blooms tend to grow when there is a lot of sunlight, water temperatures are high, and there is little wind. In Wisconsin, blooms typically peak from July through September.
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