Toxic Algae Shuts Down This Popular Boise Spot
As the warm weather winds down, you may be looking to get out in the water one last time this season. Unfortunately, an algae bloom is putting an end to all the fun.
The ponds at Esther Simplot Park have been closed after blooms of cyanobacteria were found in the water.
According to KTVB, both ponds #1 and #2 have been affected, as well as the children's beach area, but Quinn's Pond remains open.
The potentially-toxic algae popped up in July and caused a closure at this same location for a few weeks. No word yet on how long this closure will last, but the water is being treated.
Coming in contact with blue-green algae can cause the following symptoms according to Health Link.
- sore throat
- stomach cramps
- abdominal pain
- muscle aches
- mouth ulcers
- blistering of the lips
Sounds fun, aeh?! Remember, dogs are already banned from the water at Esther Simplot Park, but blue-green algae is just as toxic to animals as it is humans.