MINNEAPOLIS — The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) says September's warm temperatures are contributing to blue-green algae blooms on many Minneapolis lakes.
The algae, which can be harmful to both people and animals, is currently in bloom on Lake Hiawatha and Lake Nokomis. The MPRB says other lakes are also experiencing the right conditions for algae blooms.
Although not all blue-green algae blooms are harmful, it's impossible to tell exactly which blooms are producing toxins. The MPRB recommends people and their pets stay out of the water when any bloom is visible.
The board says fall blooms are unusual, but are becoming more common as temperatures in the region become warmer on average.
For up-to-date information on the status of blue-green algae in Minneapolis lakes, visit the MPRB's website.
For more information about harmful algal blooms, visit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's website.