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Posted 7/30/2015

Release no. NR15-210

Dan Jones
1000 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4186

The Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is alerting lake visitors about a potentially harmful blue-green algal bloom in Shenango Lake.

Test results show that blooms in Shenango Lake could be harmful to humans and pets should they come in contact with the algae. Visitors are encouraged to avoid areas where algae are present. 

Signs notifying the public of the health risks associated with blue-green algae are posted and will remain in place until the threat dissipates. The Corps will continue to test and monitor the effected waters weekly.

Children and pets are the most susceptible to the effects of blue-green algae. Blue-green algae can generate toxins that can impact human, pet, livestock and fish health. It can also cause allergic-type reactions, skin irritations, and in severe cases liver or nervous system damage.

For more information, visit the Center for Disease Control website at: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hsb/hab/default.htm

For media inquiries, contact the Public Affairs Office at 412-395-7500 or email: celrp-pa@usace.army.mil.

Pittsburgh District’s 26,000-square miles include portions of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland and southwestern New York.  Our jurisdiction includes more than 328 miles of navigable waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose flood control reservoirs, 42 local flood protection projects and other projects to protect and enhance the Nation’s water resources, infrastructure and environment.

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