The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency encourages citizens to learn about harmful algal blooms (HABs) occurring in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. According to the OEPA web site, “…you can still boat, fish and recreate in Ohio’s lakes, streams and rivers. Just be aware that HABs exist.” Know that, “If you plan to eat the fish you catch, remove the guts and liver, and rinse fillets in tap water before eating. Other activities near the water such as camping, picnicking, biking and hiking are safe. If you are picnicking, wash your hands before eating if you have had contact with lake water or shore debris.
Caution is recommended: “If you touch HABs, swallow water with HAB toxins or breathe in water droplets, you could get a rash, have an allergic reaction, get a stomach ache, or feel dizzy or light-headed. HABs also are toxic to pets.” For environmental details about Lake Erie, visit http://coastal.ohiodnr.gov/howslakeerie.