St. Albans Bay

Quebec study focuses on illnesses linked to blue-green algae

Lake Champlain algae bloom

A new study published by a team of Canadian scientists warns that exposure to blue-green algae can lead to gastrointestinal illness and other symptoms.

Blue-green algae blooms popping up on Lake Champlain

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The most significant bloom is in St. Albans, which was labeled as a high alert site by the state Department of Health. This includes two locations in the bay, the St. Albans boat launch and Bay Park. The other two locations are in Swanton and Malletts Bay in Colchester.

In This State: Tired of waiting for a better St. Albans Bay

Gould Susslin, 85, of St. Albans, drags a clot of invasive milfoil from St.  Albans Bay. The big bay is polluted by stormwater and runoff from farm fields,  leading to summer infestations of weeds and algae blooms that make the water  sometimes difficult -- or impossible -- to enjoy.  Photo by Candace Page.

Gould Susslin, 85, has seen algae-prevention efforts come and go on St. Albans Bay but from his perspective, it hasn’t been good enough.

Cows, corn and cash: Lake Champlain water quality studies net frustration

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Lake-area residents are growing frustrated with the state’s failure to take substantive steps to thwart the phosphoros-induced blooms of toxic blue-green algae that will likely return this summer.

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