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Samples of blue-green algae taken from Lady Bird Lake at Festival Beach and Red Bud Isle recently have been confirmed as containing toxins, the Austin Watershed Protection Department announced.


Toxic algae killed several dogs in Austin last summer. The city is recommending pets stay away from the lake and that people avoid handling the algae.

From the press release:

"The toxin is contained within the algae and has not been released into the water. This is important because it means that currently exposure to the toxin would occur through touching or ingesting the algae, not through contact with the water."

The city is monitoring four locations and will post results on its algae dashboard.

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