SHARPSVILLE, Pa. (WYTV) – The Army Corps of Engineers warned of a potentially harmful blue-green algal bloom in Shenango Lake Tuesday after test results show that the humans and pets could be harmed if they come in contact with the algae.
A press release stated that the lake will remain at the advisory level except for the RC Marina, Chestnut Run Swim Beach and the Shenango Campground Boat Launch, which have been raised to the caution level.
Visitors are encouraged to avoid areas where algae are present, according to the release. The blooms are of a species which is more likely to produce toxin than others, the Army Corps of Engineers stated in the release.
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 affected waters weekly.
Children and pets are the most susceptible to the effects of blue-green algae, according to the release. 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.