Colorado Springs seeks new solutions to toxic blue-green algae
Credit: LIZ HENDERSON Special from The Gazette
After three bodies of water in El Paso County — including two in Colorado Springs — tested positive for toxic blue-green algae this summer, city officials say they're looking for a new solution.
Warmer temperatures and higher nutrient levels in the water have led to more blue-green algae blooms, which are harmful to humans and potentially deadly to pets, said Erik Rodriguez a Health, Safety and Environmental specialist with the city. The daily temperature record in Colorado Springs has been broken five times this year.
While the city struggles to find a fix, other Colorado towns have implemented environmentally-friendly machinery that helps aerate the water. Better circulation gives algae less chance to accumulate.
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