SIU: Avoid contact with Campus Lake due to toxic algae - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

SIU: Avoid contact with Campus Lake due to toxic algae

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CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Southern Illinois University Carbondale is advising people to avoid skin contact with water in Campus Lake due to toxic algae.

Human contact with the water can cause skin rashes. Animals swimming in or drinking the water may become ill, and the illness has the potential to be deadly.

Campus officials are closing the boat house and temporarily banning fishing or boating on the lake. People are urged to keep their pets away from the water.

Area drinking water is not affected, according to SIU.

The toxic algae in Campus Lake is the same naturally occurring algae that caused the City of Carbondale to close Evergreen Reservoir and Piles Fork Creek in June. It depletes the oxygen level of the water, which may cause fish and other animals and organisms in the water to die.

The algae will dissipate as temperatures cool and the water is naturally replaced. There is no estimation of how long the lake will be closed. The university is posting warning signs around the lake.

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