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Stockton Blue-Green Algae Is Back And Considered Health Hazard

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio
 

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

The water in Stockton’s Downtown Waterfront has turned a vivid green and it’s a health hazard that comes with a nasty odor.

For the third year in a row the Blue-Green algae has returned to city’s waterfront.

It isn’t a problem for boaters but it can stink up the place.

Lisa Medina with the San Joaquin County Environmental Health Department says the algae bloom can cause rashes or stomach pains for swimmers but is more of a threat to dogs.

"They can have serious symptoms probably within an hour such as staggering, difficulty breathing, go into convulsions, you may look for signs of vomiting and diarrhea, and if not treated immediately, death,” says Medina.

She also says the algae bloom is caused by the hot weather in stagnant areas such as the waterfront along with fertilizer runoff.

She says the odor is because the algae is dying but won’t disappear until the weather cools possibly lasting into September.