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CELINA, Ohio (WANE) - Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and EPA officials spoke to concerned citizens in Celina, Ohio Friday about toxic algae in the Grand Lake Saint Mary's. The meeting was held at Wright State University's Lake campus.
"We urge common sense and caution as we continue to warn residents and visitors about the health risks of the toxins in this water," said Stickland.
Some of the symptoms of toxic algae are:
•Ear and nose irritation
One couple at the meeting knew the dangers first hand. The husband is seriously ill and their dog died from drinking the water in Grand Lake Saint Mary's.
Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Department of Health recommends people do not contact the water, do not allow pets to contact the water and do not take boats onto the lake.
Eutrophication - “The process by which a body of water acquires a high concentration of nutrients, especially phosphates and nitrates. These typically promote excessive growth of algae. As the algae die and decompose, high levels of organic matter and the decomposing organisms deplete the water of available oxygen, causing the death of other organisms, such as fish. Eutrophication is a natural, slow-aging process for a water body, but human activity greatly speeds up the process.”