Your Drinking Water
A toxin produced by bacteria of the genus microcystis (planktothrix cyanobacteria (i.e., some filamentous blue green algae), a type of blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria. Only certain species of blue-green algae form toxins, for reasons that aren't fully understood. Microcystins are toxic peptides, i.e., peptides are short chains of amino acids linked together via peptide bonds. These peptides are produced in large quantities during blooms. Microcystins typically persist even after the collapse of the algal blooms. Microcystin can produce hives or blisters from direct contact with the skin. Swallowing it can cause headaches, fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Large-scale ingestion can damage the liver.
1. Monitor you lake quality, parameters such as pH, conductivity, phosphate, secchi depth, and alkalinity.
Published Books, Guides, and Monitoring Devices
Online Web-Portal - Information on Watersheds
Role of Phosphate